A package with 108 kg of cocaine with estimated value of £30 million has been found attached to the hull, below the waterline, of Cape Maria. The capesize bulk carrier was anchored in the Hunterston Bay, three miles from Largs (Ayrshire), Scotland.
The police arrested three Dutch men, staying at the Seamill Hydro Hotel, located nearby. The policemen found diving equipment, an underwater scooter and a rigid inflatable boat.
Cape Maria was waiting for a berth at the Hunterston Port. It had arrived from Puerto Nuevo (Colombia) with legitimate coal cargo. The police did not impeach the crew of being involved in any way. The vessel was searched with the assistance of the captain and the crew members.
According to the authorities, the Dutch had planned to reach Cape Maria using the high-speed inflatable boat and then dive beneath the vessel in the dark hours. The drugs have been retrieved from the ship and the three Dutch men are in custody.
Cape Maria (IMO number 9282431 and MMSI 538003928) is a 170,012-ton bulk carrier registered in the Marshall Islands. The vessel was built in 2005 and has length of 289 m. Current position of Cape Maria.