Half a ton of cocaine found in cargo hold of bulk carrier, Hamburg

German police boarded and searched Montenegro bulk carrier BUDVA in the morning May 2, when the ship arrived at Hamburg. Half a ton of cocaine was found hidden in what was described as “cargo area” – either in hold constractions, or in cargo. Of 23 crew, all Montenegro nationalities, 1 was arreasted. The ship arrived at Hamburg from Santos Brazil via Casablanca, Morocco. Reportedly, drug bust and arrest were the final result of a joint counter drug operation, involving law enforcement agencies of several countries. According to official statement, one more drug trafficking link between South America and Europe was cut.
Bulk carrier BUDVA, IMO 9693501, dwt 35000, built 2013, flag Montenegro, owner Barska Plovidba.



Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.