PortandTerminal.com, February 18, 2020
KANDLA, INDIA – A Chinese cargo ship en route to the Port of Karachi in Pakistan was detained by India on suspicion of carrying some “essential” parts for missile launchers. The parts are reportedly capable of launching solid fuel-powered nuclear missiles.
Pakistan and India are bitter rivals and both are nuclear powers. Pakistan has 140-150 nuclear warheads compared to India’s 130-140 warheads, according to a 2018 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The COSCO specialized cargo ship DA CUI YUN has been docked at Deendayal Port, in Kandla since February 3. Customs officials reportedly received an intelligence tip-off about the ship.
Nuclear scientists from the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) reached Kandla port in Gujarat, India, to inspect the material on Monday.
Indian security and customs agencies found the cargo ship Da Cui Yun carrying material that could be useful in the launch of solid fuel-powered nuclear missiles, according to reports. The vessel registered the material as industrial dryers with around 18 meters in length. Indian authorities believe that the material is not what it is registered to be. The ship was trying to pass on with an autoclave when it was detained by the authorities.
An investigation is ongoing.
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