More than one ton of cocaine hydrochloride has been seized on board a Singapore-flagged boxship in the waters near Barranquilla, the Colombian Navy said.
The 9,814 TEU Cap San Tainaro left the Port of Cartagena on August 1, 2018, heading for the Port of Antwerp in Belgium.
The country’s navy intercepted the Post-Panamax vessel in a joint operation conducted together with the coast guard and other agencies.
Following an inspection, a total of 1,144 kilograms of cocaine were found. The cocaine has a value of USD 66 million in the European black market, according to the navy.
What is more, the navy detained Cap San Tainaro’s fifteen crewmen who are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.
#NOTICIA. ?️En operación conjunta con @FuerzaAereaCol evitamos el tráfico de más de una tonelada de cocaína, capturando a 15 personas que realizaban la contaminación de un buque mercante que iba con destino al puerto de Amberes – Bélgica. Más en —> https://t.co/OoAqLASopu pic.twitter.com/iFGmWt8Qxt
— Armada Nacional (@armadacolombia) August 3, 2018
The boxship, built at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in 2014, is owned by Greece-based Enesel SA, VesselsValue’s data shows.
World Maritime News Staff