9.5 tons of cocaine seized on board of cargo ship, Russian crew arrested CORRECTION

General cargo ship ESER was detained in Praia port, Cape Verde, on Jan 31, after police found and seized 9.5 tons of cocaine on board. All 11 crew, said to be Russian citizen, were arrested. The ship sailed from Colon Panama on Jan 4, bound for Tangier, Morocco, but had to make an emergency call at Praia, after one of the crew died, cause of death unknown. By the time the ship docked at Praia, Jan 31, local police already knew about possible drug smuggling.

CORRECTION: Former owner of the ship, Turkish company 888888, informed MB, that EQUASIS and other sources records are outdated, the ship was sold on Nov 6 2018 to new, present owner, company Ecolive de Panama.

General cargo ship ESER, IMO 8415158, dwt 3800, built 1985, flag Panama, manager 888888, Turkey (EQUASIS).

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.