Ahmedabad: Vessel containing ‘hazardous substances’ intercepted, brought to Mundra Port

According to officials, a joint team of DRI and Customs had intercepted the vessel and redirected it to Mundra port.

A foreign vessel allegedly containing radioactive substances, headed from Karachi in Pakistan to Shanghai in China was intercepted by the Customs and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and brought to Mundra Port managed by Adani, in Kutch on Thursday.

According to officials, a joint team of DRI and Customs had intercepted the vessel and redirected it to Mundra port.

“On 18 November 2021, a joint Customs and DRI team seized several containers at Mundra Port from a foreign vessel on concerns that they contained undeclared hazardous cargo. While the cargo was listed as Non-Hazardous, the seized containers had Hazard Class 7 markings (which indicate radioactive substances). Although the containers were not destined for Mundra Port or any other port in India but were en route from Karachi in Pakistan to Shanghai in China, the government authorities had them offloaded at Mundra Port for further inspection,” read a statement by Adani.

“APSEZ extended all assistance possible for this operation and thanks the Customs & DRI personnel for their quick and coordinated action. We salute their alert diligence and will continue to fully assist any action that keeps India safe. The Adani Group takes national security very seriously and will not allow it to be compromised in any way,” the statement further said.

A DRI Ahmedabad zone official confirmed to The Indian Express that the operation was carried out at the behest of customs officials and the substance in the container is being examined.

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