Kenya¬†has taken delivery of two Danish patrol boats for¬†security¬†operations on the country‚Äôs two largest lakes. The boats, worth Sh115 million (about USD1.3 million), are powered by twin 910 hp engines and will be used on Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana to combat illegal fishing and other maritime crime. The vessels were launched to mark World Fisheries Day.
MV Kingfisher will police Lake Victoria and deal mainly with illegal fishing while MV Lorup will monitor Lake Turkana, which has been the site of attacks on local fishermen by Ethiopians. Lake Victoria will at some stage receive another vessel to patrol its waters.