German container ship invaded by drug traffickers, intercepted at sea

Container ship Rotterdam Express (IMO 9193317) reported to Colombian Maritime Authorities the unauthorized presence of unknown persons on board on January 27th, shortly after leaving Cartagena Colombia, bound for Dominican Republic.

The Colombian Coast Guard and Navy were sent to the vessel. Teams of commandos, immigration and police boarded the ship, and detected 10 persons, clad in black, who boarded during the ship’s stay at Cartagena. In a cargo check 185 kilos of pure cocaine were found. The intruders were detained and the vessel resumed sailing to Dominican Republic at a reduced speed. 2000-built, Germany-flagged, 54,465 gt Rotterdam Express is owned and managed by Hapag-Lloyd of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Hapag-Lloyd AG. It is entered for hull and machinery with Allianz Global Corporate & Security (AGCS) with Gard having a subscription position.