New twist in seizure of fishing vessels
Foreign investorThe letter further directed that Everland Food Limited deposit a copy of dully signed joint venture agreement between the local investor -Everland Food Limited- and a foreign investor, Zhejiang Hairong Ocean Fishing company limited -with the fisheries director general. In a statement yesterday, Everland Food Limited Director Steve Maingi said Hanrong 108 and Hanrong 109 had been inspected and certified by KFS inspectors at Abbas port in Iran, where the vessels were docked on February 21 and 22 this year. "We contacted Kenya Maritime Authority and they too gave us one inspector to do seaworthiness inspection at the same port," said Mr Maingi. According to the official, the vessels arrived in Kenya on May 13 where a second inspection was done. He said that the firm informed KFS, Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Immigration Services and Port Health of the presence of the vessels in Mombasa and Malindi. "The vessels were cleared by immigration, customs and ports health and all relevant information was provided," he said. Maingi maintained that the two vessels and their crew were in Kenya's waters legally.
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