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Ship,containers scanned for contraband after alert by Coast Guard,cleared

However,nothing suspicious was found and the vessel was cleared for journey to its destination in East Asia Wednesday evening.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 4, 2013 1:57:46 am

Cargo ship Bruno Schulte was searched Monday and the over 1,600 containers it brought from Malaysia were scanned for contraband at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) following an alert by Coast Guard.

However,nothing suspicious was found and the vessel was cleared for journey to its destination in East Asia Wednesday evening. Officials said Bruno Schulte had already docked at JNPT when Coast Guard shared intelligence with port authorities and customs. After the alert,it was detained.

“We went though names and details of the importers,all are legal,” said a port official. “Containers were scanned randomly. Checks till evening did not reveal contraband,” he said.

The vessel was allowed to leave the dock at 5 pm Wednesday after customs and port gave a security clearance.

A senior official from anti-terrorism squad confirmed no explosives or anything illegal was found. “We officially get involved only when explosives are found. Till evening,the checks did not reveal anything.” said the official.

Coast Guard was told late Tuesday evening “nothing illegal” was found in any of the containers. “We,however,will continue surveillance and have informed officials to keep an eye on CHA godowns while the cargo is unpacked,” said a JNPT official.

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