Finally — a proud 17 months and eleven days after its world record voyage from the USA to Cuba — a US freight forwarder who works for the government in Washington succeeded in transporting the Apache Star from Marina Hemingway to the cargo port in Mariel .
As Klüh emphasized, this was only possible after a lead time of five months and with many special permits in hand, for example transportable wooden blocks had to be made. The world record boat was then loaded on Wednesday and shipped to Port Everglades in the US in an open container. This means that what the US government demanded from Roger Klüh has finally been fulfilled.
The criminal case was also successfully closed last week: the man from Düsseldorf faced 20 years in prison. But now it's just a warning. He had been threatened with imprisonment and massive fines for a possible violation of the still existing embargo. An odyssey comes to an end, and Klüh seems to be very happy about it: "I would like to have and keep the Apache Star in my home country."
The entire transport process via the USA, including customs clearance, to Düsseldorf should probably last until the end of March. "But the time doesn't matter anymore. With that, after a total of five years, I would like to close this chapter and take on new tasks," he says, relieved.
Source: RP Online