Cocaine ship allowed to leave Italy

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has responded to news that an Italian captain onboard its vessel, MSC Poh Lin, has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of cocaine trafficking linked to the mafia.

MSC Poh Lin arrived in Gioia Tauro from South America last week.

“MSC confirms that it is fully assisting authorities with the appropriate enquiries, in line with its strict Code of Conduct, and stresses that the company is strongly opposed to any illegal transportation activity,” the Geneva-headquartered line said in a rare release.

The court has now formally released the vessel MSC Poh Lin, following confirmation of no wrongdoing by MSC. Once all containers have been fully inspected, cargo will be freed for onward transit from Gioia Tauro.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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