Bulk carrier detained, drug search under way

Bulk carrier FRIENDLY ISLANDS was berthed at Maceio, Brazil, in the morning Mar 24, to undergo a thorough drug search by jointly by police, military police and firefighters, with the use of special dogs.

The ship arrived at Maceio anchorage on Mar 13 from Vila do Conde – to load cargo of sugar, according to Captain, though no timeline was provided. For reasons yet unknown, Brazilian Navy found the ship suspicious, ordered her docking and launched search. Underwater hull is to be inspected, too.

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