Höegh Autoliners confirms weapons on detained vessel

Höegh Autoliners confirms that a search of the carrier's ship in Mombasa found weapons on board that had not been declared, in breach of the company's regulations. The carrier can not at this time confirm or deny that drugs have been found as well.

Höegh Autoliners har i år søsat verdens største bilskib (foto). | Photo: Höegh Autoliners

Authorities in Kenya have discovered undeclared weapons on board Höegh Autoliner's vessel Höegh Transporter, which was raided by authorities last week due to suspicions that the vessel was smuggling weapons and narcotics. On Wednesday the Norwegian carrier, of which A.P. Moeller-Maersk owns 38.75 percent, confirms that weapons have been found on the vessel.

Höegh Transporter was carrying a shipment of UN cars from Mumbai, India, which were set to be forwarded to a UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, informs the carrier. But during the inspection of the ship's cargo, the "Kenyan authorities have discovered weapons, not declared in the cargo manifest, inside some of the UN vehicles. It is our understanding that these weapons belong to the UN vehicles in which they were found, and were for use by the UN during their peacekeeping mission," says Höegh Autoliners in an update on the situation.

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