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Suspicion of drugs in raid on Höegh Autoliners vessel

A ship from Norwegian Höegh Autoliners was raided last week by Kenyan authorities in the port of Mombasa. Several media report that the vessel is suspected of smuggling narcotics.

I sommer søsatte Höegh Autoliners verdens største bilskib, Höegh Target. Photo: Höegh Autoliners

On Thursday last week, Kenyan soldiers and security personnel raided the vessel Höegh Transporter when it berthed in Kenyan port town Mombasa. The ship is operated by Norwegian carrier Höegh Autoliners, in which A.P. Moeller-Maersk has since 2008 owned a major stake. According to several media, the raid happened due to suspicions that the vessel was carrying narcotics and perhaps also weapons. All access points to the port were blocked on Thursday when the raid began.

No additional information has been released concerning the raid. In a statement, Höegh Autoliners confirms that Kenyan authorities boarded the vessel on Thursday in order to inspect the cargo. The carrier stresses that it is cooperating fully with authorities, and that the company on Friday did not yet know when the vessel would be able to continue its journey. Höegh Transporter arrived from Mumbai in India when it called in Mombassa. In the statement, Höegh Autoliners does not comment on the suspicions of drugs or weapons on the ship.

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