Freighter Maria S drug arrest correction
Company EKSEN CHARTERING & TRANSPORT, Turkey contacted Maritime Bulletin and informed, that it has nothing to do with general cargo vessel Maria D, which was detained by Spanish authorities on Apr 28 in Alboran sea with hashish and cocaine on board. Information in databases of some of AIS websites is incorrect, present owner unknown. Info from Eksen:
We acted only one month as her excl broker to fix cgo but without fixing a single voyage she has been sold to her new owners
Spanish authorities intercepted Turkish freighter with cargo of drugs
April 29, 2015
General cargo vessel Maria D was intercepted on Apr 28 in Alboran sea by Spanish forces and taken to Cartagena for inspection. Vessel raised suspicion because of her odd behavior after transiting Gibraltar Strait. Large shipments of hashish and cocaine were found. Vessel is presently docked in Cartagena, crew arrested, investigation under way. According to AIS, vessel was en route from Las Palmas to Tunisia.
General cargo vessel Maria D, IMO 8601563, dwt 3670, built 1986, flag Palau, manager EKSEN CHARTERING & TRANSPORT, Turkey.