From the 12th to the 16th October 2020 SEACOP implemented training on vessel rummaging in Cotonou, Benin to officers from the police, customs and the navy.
Delivered over five days, the training contained both theoretical and practical elements including the inspection of cargo, a tug, a supply ship as well as a final exercise involving an inspection of a container ship.
This was the first training session of three and another has already taken place in late October.
The training was timely for two reasons. Firstly, it took place just one week after the discovery of 557 kgs of cocaine aboard a container ship, hidden amongst a load of cashew nut. Secondly, the Port of Cotonou is undergoing a modernisation programme that will include the creation of a new terminal to increase its capacity. It is highly likely therefore that the new skills learnt will be put to good use and help detect more illicit goods.