Kenya receives lake patrol boats


Kenya has taken delivery of two Danish patrol boats for security operations on the country’s two largest lakes.

The vessels, MV Kingfisher and MV Lorup, were launched by Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and Principal Secretary Micheni Ntiba at Roo Beach on Lake Victoria earlier this month, reports Kenya’s Standard Digital. “I must thank the national government for the vessels and assure the President we will continue to work closely with his government,” said Awiti.

The boats, worth Sh115 million, are powered by twin 910 hp engines and will be used on Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana to combat illegal fishing and other maritime crime. The vessels were launched to mark World Fisheries Day.

MV Kingfisher will police Lake Victoria and deal mainly with illegal fishing while MV Lorup will monitor Lake Turkana which has been the site of attacks on local fishermen by Ethiopians. Lake Victoria will at some stage receive another vessel to patrol its waters.