On 24 August, IBT Times reported that South African authorities in the Port of Ngqura reported that a vessel named Lada (a 4,500 dwt freighter which belongs to St. Petersburg-based operator Transflot, which was on its way from Tulear, Madagascar, to Lagos, Nigeria, and the US, had a stop at the Ngqura port. It had already unloaded 14 containers at the port, for which it produced all the proper documentations. The 14 containers were shipped from a company called Solar India. A tip said the vessel contained 20 additional containers comprising suspicious cargo. They searched the ship and discovered the stowed away contraband ammunition and explosives.