Tanker drug bust, Venezuela. Well, that’s what they say.
Venezuela National Guard said in a press-release on Oct 8, that they found 147.5 kilos of cocaine attached to underwater hull of chemical tanker JOSE PROGRESS, berthed at Jose Petrochemical Complex, Jose, Venezuela. Tanker loaded with some 40,000 tons of methanol is bound for Belgium. Cocaine was found during underwater inspection, 20 crew are presently, under investigation, whatever it means in modern Venezuela. How true is this story, is a question and will remain a question, because there were a lot of complaints both from crews and owners on fabricated drug bust cases, unlawful arrests and trials, imprisonments and even ships’ confiscations. Even if there was genuine drug trafficking attempt, crew obviously, have nothing to do with it, nor can they spot or prevent underwater activities near their ship.
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 33% (22-DEC-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.