Cargo ship intercepted by Spanish authorities, drugs found

Cargo ship Blume (IMO 8649993) was intercepted by the Spanish Police, Civil Guard and Customs off the coast of the Western Sahara on January 18th. The vessel was taken to Santa Cruz de Tenerife on suspicion of drug trafficking.

After the ship arrived at Santa Cruz on January 19th, a search of the ship was reported to have discovered three tons of cocaine on board. All 15 crew members were arrested.

The ship had left Santos, Brazil on December 21st with an announced destination of Riga, Latvia with an ETA of February 15th.

2005-built, Togo-flagged, 2,994 gt Blume It is owned by Rentoor Chartering Ltd of Piraeus, Greece, and managed by Dignatio Corp of the same address. Last AIS was January 17th when the vessel was underway off the coast of West Africa.