Captain of ship acquitted of drug smuggling charges

The captain of bulk carrier UBC Savannah (IMO 9220976) has been acquitted in Mexico of drug traffic related charges and freed, after being held in prison since July 2019.

Polish national Andrzej Lasota had been arrested after Mexican law enforcement agencies on July 28th 2019 after a reported cocaine bust on board the UBC Savannah when it docked at Altamira port, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico.

The ship had arrived from Barranquilla, Colombia five days earlier. The authorities discovered 227 packages weighing 225 kilos in the cargo hold, buried in cargo of ore.

The crew were released shortly after their arrest, but the Captain was held in prison for many months, under what transpired to be a false accusation of being negligent of his duty and not notifying authorities about packages with drugs.

In fact the Captain had ordered an immediate halt to all cargo operations and had notified the authorities after the packages were found.

2000-built, Cyprus-flagged, 19,743 gt UBC Savannah is owned by Savannah Shipping Ltd care of manager United Bulk Carriers (USA) of Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA. ISM manager is Intership Navigation Co-Cyp of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of Savannah Shipping Ltd.