U.S. Seizes MSC Container Ship After Record Drug Bust
MSC Gayane could be taken over by authorities after 20 tons of cocaine were found in containers Philadelphia port
The MSC Gayane, which is owned by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and chartered to MSC, the world’s second-biggest container ship operator by capacity, is “subject to possible forfeiture,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a statement.
”A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented—but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented,” Mr. McSwain said. “When a vessel brings such an outrageous amount of deadly drugs into Philadelphia waters, my office will pursue the most severe consequences possible against all involved parties in order to protect our district—and our country.”
The seizure of the vehicle together with the suspension of the CTPAT license of MSC (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) brings the company among the disreputable realities for the USA.
The revocation of the CTPAT license for MSC greatly complicates the customs procedures, effectively subjecting the company to a long line of checks and checks for docking and disembarking, which result in significant delays for companies that use MSC as a maritime carrier.
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