A superseiner owned by Inpesca has been fined Euro 1.2 million for fishing illegally in Mozambique waters, according to Mozambique’s Ministry of Fisheries.
Mozambique authorities inspected the purse seiner, Txori Argi, in Nacala port on March 18 and discovered it did not have its fishing license for the area on board, nor did it send the mandatory report, that details its catch aboard the vessel, prior to entering the region. The vessel had in excess of 1000 tons of fish on board. Since the Friend of the Sea (FOS) website lists Inpesca as certified sustainable, this charge could possibly hurt this status. Inpesca is one of four companies that make up Pevaeche, the first company in Europe to have their tuna vessels in the Atlantic Ocean certified by FOS since Sept. 2010.
Txori Argi has been operating in the northern part of the Mozambican Channel since the start of the 2012 purse seine fishing season. In addition to fishing in the Atlantic Ocean (from Mauritania to Angola) and the Indian Ocean (from the east African coast to the east of Indonesia), Inpesca will be extending its fishing activity to the Pacific Ocean “in the not too distant future,” according to its website. All five of its purse seiners are authorized to fish in the IOTC region.
Press article, ATUNA, 20 March 2012
Web site Inpesca
The IUU listed vessel Kily (the name under which she is IUU listed by CCAMLR) was spotted leaving Singapore a week ago transmitting the new name RAY through its AIS signals. The global register of ships IHSF consequently updated its records to show vessel name “RAY”.
The aim of these frequent flag changes is to avoid being recognized as the IUU listed vessel when entering ports. All members of CCAMLR, the international body managing fishery resources around the Antarctic, are required to refuse IUU listed vessels access to ports. The vessel was put on the CCAMLR IUU list for fishing without a license in the southern Indian Ocean in 2006, then with the “Tropic”. The vessel has subsequently changed name to Constant, Kily, Ray and now possible Constant again. Although what the vessels’ registration papers say may be different from what is painted on the hull.
Thus, when the international ship registers had updated the vessel information with the new name “Ray”, the captain changed the AIS signal back to the old “Constant”
The toothfish poacher RAY, ex Kily, Constant and Tropic is leaving Singapore, heading northwest for the Indian Ocean. The vessel name has been confirmed to be RAY, owner and operator Belfast Global in Panama.
The CCAMLR IUU listed vessel “Kily” has changed name, flag and owner. Last week, TM Foundation noted that the vessel transmitted the name “Ray” and flag “Belize” from its AIS in Singapore harbour. Now the vessel’s records have been updated in IHSF (Lloyd’s Register of Ships online).
The vessel’s new official name is RAY EX KILY and the flag is Belize. The vessel also has a new registered owner, Belfast Global SA in Panama. The company is was founded in 2012 and it is as likely to be a new shell for the old owners as an actual beneficial owner change.
The RAY EX KILY is still in Singapore, but has started to move around port. (below) To see the vessel’s history of name, flag and owner changes see the vessel sheet in the TM combined IUU vessel list.
The two CCAMLR IUU listed vessels Pion and Kily appears to be in Singapore. Both vessels are now sending AIS signals.
The vessels are known to change flag and name frequently and the information from the AIS signals is not entirely consistent with information in the official ship registers of IHSF. The Kily seems to have changed name to “RAY” and flag to Belize, judging from the AIS transmission from the vessel.
Verification from Singapore on the vessels’ flags, names, call signs and whether they have landed fish in Singapore would be valuable.
The vessels’ MMSI numbers are:
IUU listed vessel Pion
Details: Pion from IUU vessel list
AIS track Marine Traffic: MMSI 334700000
IUU listed vessel Kily
Details: Kily from IUU vessel list
AIS track Marine Traffic: MMSI 312451000