9 August 2023






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97 kilos of cocaine with a street value of over €11 million were found hidden in the 2017 built , 330 metre mother container ship MSC SHREYA B that entered Marsaxlokk Harbour on Saturday 5th August at 2314 hrs.

A random inspection on Sunday 6th August morning by divers of a security company engaged by the agents of the vessel noticed a large number of packets wrapped in plastic in a compartment at the bottom of the ship. The divers informed the authorities and after the packets were analysed, it was discovered that they were filled with cocaine.

She was built by HHIC Phil Inc at Subic Bay, Philippines and homeported at Madeira (PRT Flag). Further investigations revealed that she left the Panamanian port of Colon on 24th July at 0052 hrs entering Malta Freeport for 24 hour call and then to head to the Italian port –   Gioia Tauro.

Infect she was berthed starboard side alongside at Freeport Terminal 2 North between bollards 100 – 112 and left on Monday 7th August 0307 hrs bound to Gioia Tauro where she entered later on in the afternoon.

At the time of writing she’s underway to Civitavecchia, Italy.

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