Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship, Fifth Edition
This fifth edition was withdrawn in February 2021 and replaced by the sixth edition.
Ships present organised criminals with the opportunity to transport high volumes of drugs from producing to consuming countries. The volume of illegal drugs being moved in commercial shipping continues to increase and therefore the risk to ships and ports continues to increase.
The shipping industry shares a collective responsibility to assist in combatting this illegal traffic. Ships’ crews may be unaware that their ship or its cargo are being used as a cover to transport illegal drugs. However, if illegal drugs are found on board by local customs or law enforcement agencies, innocent companies and seafarers may potentially be exposed to huge financial fines or penalties, or even the risk of imprisonment.
The guidance contained in this publication demonstrates how to protect the ship and the crew and reduce the risk of drug trafficking occurring on board.
The publication covers:
Key global trafficking routes
Ports and places commonly targeted by drug traffickers
High profile drug seizures
Vulnerabilities of shipping
Risk management and security strategy
Ship security procedures
Port facility security procedures
Training and education
Emerging drug trends, including drug characteristics and identification
Responding to unusual activity at sea, in port, or involving passengers or crew
The signs of drug/alcohol use by crew members
What to do when drugs are found on board.
It also includes a new section on cyber security measures.