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Brazil: Drug Smuggling

SSM Roundel

Steamship Mutual

Published: May 06, 2021


Club correspondents Proinde report that drug smuggling on bulk carriers out of Brazil is on the rise. They have produced a helpful article outlining the background to the problem and looking at the main trafficking routes. The article looks at how organised crime groups use containers and notes a growing trend of smugglers using bulk carriers.

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The consequences for the crew can be severe even if there is no evidence that the attempted smuggling had the connivance or knowledge of the Master, officers and crew.

Awareness and prevention are very important and Proinde detail preventative measures a ship might use, as well as responsive measures – i.e. steps to take if any suspicious activity is detected.

We thank correspondents Proinde for producing this informative article which can be read HERE

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