Somali fishing firm gets more than $100k for illegal detention of its vessel in Kenya

Hiiraan Xog, The Somali shipping company has been awarded more than $100,000 for damages on its vessel after Kenyan Navy seized it.

MV Nasibu was detained and has been grounded in Kenyan waters since 2017, according to Standard Digital which reported the compensation.

Justice Njoki Mwangi of Kenya’s Admiralty Court in Mombasa has ordered Mumin Ali Mumin who is the owner of the vessel to be given $ 100,842.

Mumin said his vessel had been unlawfully detained, leading to loss of millions of shillings in income and damage of its engine.

The amount will be paid by Kenyan businessman, Jamal Mohammed Bandira who initially hired the vessel to transport goods into Mombasa from Somalia.

Standard reports that Bandira was blamed for the circumstances after the latter damaged the vessel while ferrying cargo to Mombasa from Kismayo.

Bandira told the court the vessel had developed mechanical problems en route to Mombasa and its crew was arrested for being in the country illegally.

He had filed a claim seeking compensation of Ksh. 720,000, money he claims was used to bail out the crew, secure the release of the vessel, supply fuel, spare parts, food and petty cash on various dates between August 23, 2016, and March 22, 2017.

Bandira had also sought the interest of 12 per cent annually until the said amount will be paid in full.

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