Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship 5th Edition.

Published Date

April 2019

Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship 5th Edition.

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This publication provides guidance on how to combat drug trafficking at sea and to recognise the signs of drug use and dependence among crew members.  Considered the leading industry publication on the topic, this 5th edition has been fully updated by industry experts to assist shipping companies and their Masters and officers.

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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.








The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades.

ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage.

Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may affect international shipping.

ICS represents shipowners with the various intergovernmental regulatory bodies that impact on shipping, including the
International Maritime Organization

ICS also develops best practices and guidance, including a wide range of
publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.

Title: Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship 5th Edition.
Subtitle: Guidelines for Owners and Masters on Preparation, Prevention and Response
Edition: Fifth
Product Code: WS1664K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-808-3 (9781856098083), ISBN 10: 1-85609-808-7 (1856098087)
Published Date: April 2019
Binding Format: Hardback
Weight: 1.00 kg

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