Sunk Sea Soul 1 containers update, Dakar
I’ve got a letter from a French reader of MB who’s living in Dakar, with update on general situation and containers on board.
I really appreciate your website.
I am French. I have been living in Dakar and Abidjan for 14 years. I am working for a French Shipbuilder.
I would like to tell you an information about the Sea Soul 1 containers.
Romanian freighter Sea Soul 1 sunk by crew trying to destroy illegal arms chipent
Posted on August 16, 2014, 5:21 am
Egyptian crew of a general cargo vessel Sea Soul 1 on Aug 12 sunk the vessel to avoid prosecution for an attempt to smuggle 40 containers laden with arms and ammunition into Mali, on Dakar road, Senegal. Senegalese Navy found arms on Aug 8, but authorities made a mistake of anchoring her at the road, not docking her on arrival and offloading illegal arms. Two containers reportedly, disappeared, so maybe part of arms shipment will reach its’ destination. According to databases, vessel is owned and operated by a Romanian company. On a photo Sea Soul 1 under previous name.
General cargo vessel Sea Soul 1, IMO 8502377, dwt 3050, built 1985, flag Tanzania, manager LALE INTERNATIONAL SRL, Romania.
On last Saturday, the sea was very bad. 2 containers went loose. The Senegalese Navy followed them and told that to the Gendarmerie. The Gendarmerie was on the beach to wait for these 2 containers.
2 containers arrived on Monday, 18th august.
Inside both containers : black powder.
These 2 containers are now kept in a safety place.
And the crew is with the Port Autority.
Other containers are still near the boat and every Senegalese autority are working to raise them and bring them to the Port. It is about 40 containers of weapon and powder.
A commission of inquiry is working to solve that case.