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Tenth vessel with illegal drug canisters attached found in Jamaica
Date: Monday, October 29, 2007 @ 09:00:00 EDT
Topic: ROV NEWS


Tenth vessel with illegal drug canisters attached found in JamaicaSecurity Administrators Limited (SAL), manages maritime security at Port Bustamante in Kingston, Jamaica. Using a VideoRay Pro 3 XEGTO underwater robot, they discovered contraband marijuana canisters attached to the hull of Motor Vessel CFS PAMPLONA on October 7, 2007.

With this find, SAL has now used their VideoRay ROV to detect a total of 18 drug cannisters on 10 separate vessels - amounting to nearly 2,000 lbs. of "ganja."

These canisters are typically bolted underwater to the bow thrusters of large shipping vessels. This attachment allows the divers on the receiving end of the shipment to dive with minimal tools to recover the contraband.

  Underwater VideoRay still frame image of the attached drug canisters
Underwater VideoRay still frame image of the attached drug canisters.
  Image of the canisters awaiting disposal near the transporting vessel
Image of the canisters awaiting disposal near the transporting vessel.
 

SAL is the security industry leader in the underwater detection of illegal drug canisters. Their team of professionals, led by Managing Director Capt. John Ulett, has found more instances of drug smuggling underwater than all other agencies or companies worldwide. Capt. John Ulett commented "the VideoRay is an efficient and reliable tool for our underwater security work. Where we once put divers in harm's way, we can now use the VideoRay technology to carry out our inspections quickly and safely, while being electronically recorded." Underwater searches by SAL have been done exclusively by VideoRay ROV since 2002.

SAL is the Jamaican Representative for VideoRay. They will conduct their first "Caribbean VideoRay Underwater Solutions Exposition" on Friday, November 2nd, 2007, at the Knutsfort Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica. Participants will work closely in a "hands-on" atmosphere with ROV and SAL security experts. For information and registration, please contact Althea Murray at althea.murray@kwljm.com or (876) 923-4883. You may also visit SAL at www.securityadministrators.com.jm.







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