All East Africa - Latest NewsTANZANIA

Tanzania Halts Registration of Foreign Ships After Cargo Controversies

The government of Tanzania has temporarily stopped registration of foreign ships following the recent seizure of five Tanzanian-flagged ships that were carrying illegal cargo.

President John Magufuli on Friday also ordered authorities to investigate the registration of 470 ships currently plying international seas with the Tanzanian flag.

Early in January, Greek authorities intercepted a Tanzanian-flagged ship near Crete on its way to Libya, carrying materials used to make explosives. Libya has been subject to a U.N. arms embargo since 2011.

A few weeks earlier, a Tanzanian-flagged ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean carrying 1.6 tons of cocaine.

Tanzania is also one of the seven countries being investigated by the United Nations for allegedly violating the arms embargo against North Korea.The U.S. has put pressure on Tanzania and four other African countries to stop allowing North Korean ships to fly their flags.

Sources in Tanzania say the foreign ships are regularly registered by the Tanzania Zanzibar International Register of Shipping in the semiautonomous island of Zanzibar.

Related posts

East Africa: Terror Fears in Tanzania – Do We Need Plan B?


Tanzania: Fire razes one storey building in Mwanza


Uganda boat accident death toll rises to 33 – police


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More