Dutch Customs finds 220 kilos of drugs in tanker’s sea locker

A specialised Dutch Customs diving team has found 220 kilos of cocaine under a ship coming from Santos, Brazil, in the port of Rotterdam. The narcotics were hidden in four sports bags in the sea locker on the bilge keel of the Orange Sky, a special tanker used to transport fruit juice.

Sea lockers are openings under the water surface through which seawater can be used to cool the engine room, for example.

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The HARC-team, a joint venture between Customs, FIOD, Seaport Police and the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam, is investigating the case further. The drugs have been destroyed.

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Picture: Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.