Drug mules board the Hapag-Lloyd ship
A group of 10 unauthorized people boarded the German flagged container ship Rotterdam Express last week. A container heading to the US turned out to be filled with 185 kilos of cocaine. Hapag - Lloyd does not wish to comment further on the situation, due to the ongoing investigations in the case.
The ships crewmembers reported the presence of unknown people onboard the ship shortly after the departure in the port of Cartagena in Colombia. At the time the ship was just 12 Nautical miles outside the coast of Cartagena.
The Colombian navy and coast guards immediately went to help the crew. On board the 66,975 DWT vessel, the authorities carried began an inspection to locate to unwanted passengers, where they found ten people who were not crew members. It was during this inspection the cocaine was found in the ship's containers.
AIS data from MarineTraffic shows that the ship left the Colombian port on January 25th and was heading for the port of Caucedo in Dominican Republic. Rotterdam Express preceded its voyage after the incident.
The authorities have launched an investigation with the purpose of finding out how the unwanted passengers and the large quantity of cocaine came aboard the ship.
Source: World Maritime News / Maritime Denmark