Ship sailed under Moldovan colors arrested in Spain with drugs

A ship used under Moldovan colors was arrested by the Spanish authorities with 1,400 kg of cocaine aboard two days ago. The captainship of the Giurgiulești International Port said the ship crew consisted of citizens of Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia, IPN reports.

According to a press release, the ship was temporarily put on the State Register of Ships of Moldova and was in the process of applying for permanent registration. When being registered temporarily, the ship’s history and the owner’s identity were checked. As there were no suspicions and the ship was imposed no sanctions or bans, this was registered on a temporary basis and was to be examined by the Moldovan inspectors before being registered on a permanent basis.

Such offenses do not depend on the colors of the ship and are committed by crew members, mainly without the owner knowing about this. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the riverine state (or port state) whose legislation is violated can ask the state under whose colors the ship is sailed to provide the information required for appropriately conducting the investigation.

The captainship of the Giurgiulești International Port noted the Republic of Moldova faces no international sanctions. The state whose colors are used by ships does not bear responsibility for the commercial activity of ship owners. As the given ship was not registered permanently on the State Register of Ships of Moldova, the captainship reserves the right to suspend the registration of the ship.

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