Oceana Belize along with Tiburon Rum and other donors have facilitated the donation of a 28’ Bradley Pelican marine vessel, Tiburon, powered by two 115 horse power outboard engines, to the Belize Coast Guard in an effort to combat illegal fishing, piracy and drug trafficking in Belize’s waters. The donation was made possible through the kind support of multiple partners.
The official boat handover ceremony took place at the Coast Guard Compound on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. On hand at a brief ceremony was Chief Executive Officer Felix Enriquez of the Ministry of National Security and Rear Admiral John Borland, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard.
“We’re pleased to assist in the expansion of your sea-going fleet as you continue to patrol the nooks and crannies of our country, as you work to safeguard the marine resources that so many of us depend on”, stated Janelle Chanona, Vice President of Oceana Belize.
According to Rear Admiral John Borland, the vessel will be put in good use a shallow water vessel was much needed to carry out its mission of enforcing maritime laws at sea, extending the agency’s operational reach and to discourage illegal activities from in Belize’s waters.