Ship worker and di­rec­tor fined €1,200 and €2,000 over mi­nor ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An Egyp­tian man who works on fish­ing ves­sel, to­gether with the com­pany di­rec­tor of that ves­sel, have been slapped with a €1,200 and €2,000 fine re­spec­tively in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of reg­u­la­tory breaches such as fail­ing to en­sure the cor­rect mark­ings are dis­played on the ves­sel.

The Egyp­tion man, Ahmed Said Ab­della­tiv Mo­hammed Hem­dia El­sakka has been ac­quit­ted of not hav­ing the proper cre­den­tials to cap­tain a ship, af­ter the courts found there was no proof that he was act­ing as cap­tain, and was also ac­quit­ted of pass­ing on false in­for­ma­tion to au­thor­i­ties. He was, how­ever, found guilty over fail­ing to en­sure that the fish­ing ves­sel's fish­ing gear, ves­sel mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, ves­sel de­tec­tion sys­tem and the au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, was in con­form­ity with the Euro­pean Coun­cil rules gov­ern­ing the com­mon fish­eries pol­icy. The court held that the Mr El­sakka was to bear the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity for this omis­sion.

One last charge re­lated to not low­er­ing the em­barka­tion lad­der fast enough when the Armed Forces of Malta ap­proached the Mal­tese-flagged fish­ing ves­sel Ros­nik. Mr De­bono was found guilty of fail­ing to en­sure that the ves­sel had the cor­rect mark­ings dis­played. Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud, pre­sid­ing over the case, found that the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were not car­ried out un­der ma­li­cious or mis­lead­ing in­ten­tions. In fact, it was the name on the ship, em­bossed on the side, which was not painted with a con­trast­ing colour from the rest of the ship. This meant that the name was barely leg­i­ble.

The pair were orig­i­nally ar­raigned in Au­gust of this year. Rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cused, lawyer Robert Moltanto had ar­gued that the charges were not sig­nif­i­cant and at best dealt with mi­nor reg­u­la­tory in­fringe­ments. He re­quested that the ves­sel be re­leased to its own­ers im­me­di­ately.

Mag­is­trate Mif­sud, in his judg­ment, or­dered the ves­sel to be re­leased and ob­served that the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture, as part of its du­ties, is to carry out in­spec­tions on ves­sels be­fore it can re­new fish­ing li­cences. He added that it would have been more use­ful had the depart­ment pro­vided the ves­sel in ques­tion time to rem­edy the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

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