Drug trafficking is a world illicit commerce involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of gear which in any other case are prohibited by legislation. It’s a incontrovertible fact that appreciable proportion of drug trafficking happens by sea due to beneficial circumstances for transportation. In 2020, there was an increase within the variety of reported incidents involving drug seizures on board ships calling in South American ports and on ships certain for United States (U.S.) or European locations. Nevertheless, the very fact stays that there are not any transport routes which could possibly be thought of protected.
The results of discovering contraband on board ships could embody detention of the ship, heavy fines and prison prosecution of the grasp and crew. Because of this, Members are inspired to take mandatory steps to forestall such illicit trafficking on board their vessels. To help, this text by Marine Perception, gives steerage on the measures that may be undertaken to help mitigate the sort of exercise on board.
As well as, the Membership would additionally like to attract Members’ consideration to the next steerage on the matter:
• Newest version of the Membership’s Drugs and Alcohol at Sea booklet.
• IMO Revised Pointers for The Prevention and Suppression of The Smuggling of Medication, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemical substances on Ships Engaged in Worldwide Maritime Site visitors (228 (82)).
Please be happy to contact the Loss Prevention Team ought to you’ve got any additional queries on the matter.
Supply: The Shipowners’ Membership