Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has lashed out against an article published last Friday by Bloomberg alleging that it has become a prime drug-trafficking conduit for Balkan gangs.

Bloomberg claimed that the Balkan Cartel, one of Europe’s most notorious drug-smuggling gangs, honed their scheme to smuggle cocaine on MSC’s ships for a decade, forcibly recruiting its employees.

The news wire service also maintained that MSC and the US government remain mired in a court battle over the $1bn drug bust on the 11,562-teu MSC Gayane (2018) in 2019, which could see the Geneva-based liner giant hit with a $700m fine.