Russian general cargo ship boarded, searched by police, Portugal

Russian general cargo ship ALEXANDER TVARDOVSKIY was searched by Portuguese police on a tip from “one foreign agency”, on Apr 23, at Viana do Castelo port, northern Portugal. The ship arrived at Viana do Castelo on Apr 20 from Turkey via Gibraltar, reportedly with cargo of blast furnace slag. Not clear what is it exactly they’ve been looking for – some news agencies name drugs, others are mentioning arms trafficking. As of morning Apr 24, the ship remained berthed at port, no updates on search findings, if there were any.
General cargo ship ALEXANDER TVARDOVSKIY, IMO 9057290, dwt 3180, built 1996, flag Russia, manager Harvest Ltd., S-Petersburg (EQUASIS).



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.