The audit report released on the 22nd of December put into perspective much of the State’s investments in patrol vessels that were to be used for the protection of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the island. Maintenance costs were reviewed, and the case of unrepaired ships was assessed.
The much-awaited audit report made public on the 22nd of December has been reviewed, revealing a number of issues, one of them entailing the expenses for the maintenance of the CGS Vigilant.
The acquisition of the CGS Vigilant was made back in 1996 at Rs 322 million. The purpose of the vessel was to execute regular patrol in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius. Its use was also extended to research works. However, in 2006, technical problems involving the engine arose. As a consequence, around Rs 6.2 million were allocated each year from then on to its maintenance together with the salaries of the personnel – a team of 18 police officers – involved. Around Rs 43 million were thus spent.
In 2007, the CGS Vigilant was to be sold after a committee set up to carry out a study decided thus. The price was fixed at $ 2.5 million. However, it was never sold.
The audit report also included other ships of the State. Two of the patrol vessels that were meant to protect the EEZ of the island that were bought back in 2002 have not been functional since 2011. On top of that, they have succumbed to the fury of cyclone Dumile in 2013 and were never repaired since.
And, that is how Mauritius lost precious vessels.