St Lu­cia cus­toms seek­ing to dis­pose of Guyanese boat found with drugs, weapons

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

The Cus­toms and Ex­cise De­part­ment of St Lu­cia has started the le­gal process to dis­pose of a Guyana-reg­is­tered ves­sel, which was seized fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a large quan­tity of drugs and weapons aboard in 2011.

Ac­cord­ing to a pub­li­ca­tion in the lo­cal Of­fi­cial Gazette, dated Septem­ber 2, Rong-An Inc, a Chi­nese log­ging com­pany that has been op­er­at­ing here since 2006, is the listed owner of the cargo ves­sel, MV Vicky B. Ac­cord­ing to the no­tice, which was signed by the act­ing Comptroller of Cus­toms Rody Alicin­dor, the ves­sel was reg­is­tered in Guyana and its Guyana In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion No. (IMO) is 5239199.

The no­tice de­scribed the ves­sel type as gen­eral cargo with its gross ton­nage at 319. The no­tice, which was ad­dressed to “the par­ties con­cerned,” said that the ves­sel is the sub­ject of seizure by the Cus­toms and Ex­cise De­part­ment of Saint Lu­cia.

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