2 foreign fishing vessels in Ctg jetty: Govt to form committee to investigate motive

The Cameron flag bearing vessels entered into jetty under Chittagong Port Authority on August 21

The government will form a probe body to find out actual information and unearth motive of the two foreign fishing vessels that entered into the Bangladesh marine boundary in August and are currently staying at a jetty in Chittagong.

Customs authorities will lead the committee to be formed on Monday, according to a decision by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock held at Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday.

State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru chaired the meeting, attended by representatives from other ministries and different law enforcement agencies.

The Cameron flag bearing two vessels — FV Wind Sea and FV Wind View — entered into jetty under Chittagong Port Authority on August 21 and was scheduled to leave for Cambodia on August 26.

The vessels entered into the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong on August 21 without any permission from the ministry violating international and local laws.

Those are currently staying at the jetty of Continental Marine Fisheries.

Intermodal Pvt Ltd, local agent of the two ships full of illegal fishing nets obtained permission from the port authorities, citing the vessels needed repairing of the vessels and presented false and misleading information to the authorities, said ministry officials.

Initial investigation found faults in their port clearance document and in other papers, they said.

Although the vessel operators said they entered into Bangladesh for repairing of the vessels, inquiry jointly by Marine Fisheries Academy, Chittagong Port Authority, and Bangladesh Coast Guard found that there were no technical glitches or troubles in the vessels.

Anger was also expressed at the meeting as the vessels took clearance from customs as merchant vessel hiding the original identification.