Arrests in NCA drugs investigation

A crew member of cruise ship Marella Discovery 2 (IMO 9070620), which was moored off the Isle of Wight’s east coast for a number of weeks, is involved in a police investigation, TUI UK has confirmed.

Marella Discovery 2 had been at anchor off Sandown along with a number of other cruise ships. It has now left its berth.

A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation is continuing into the alleged importation of drugs.

Three men were arrested on Saturday April 25th and are due before Winchester Crown Court before the end of May.

TUI said that it was aware of a police investigation involving a crew member onboard Marella Discovery 2. “As this is now a police matter, it would be inappropriate to comment further. We will continue to assist the authorities throughout their investigation”, the holiday company said.

1995-built, Bahamas-flagged, 69,472 gt Marella Discovery 2 is owned by TUI UK Ltd care of Columbia Shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. ISM manager is Columbia Cruise Services of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 EMEA) on behalf of TUI UK Ltd.