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Hoegh denies link to undeclared UN gun shipment transported to Kenya

HOEGH Autoliners has released a statement emphasing that a consignment of vehicles containing guns that was shipped by the United Nations was transported without the organisation's knowledge, laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of the shipper. 

Hoegh denies link to undeclared UN gun shipment transported to Kenya
30 September 2015 - 21:09

Hoegh denies link to undeclared UN gun shipment transported to Kenya

HOEGH Autoliners has released a statement emphasing that a consignment of vehicles containing guns that was shipped by the United Nations was transported without the organisation's knowledge, laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of the shipper. 

The response comes after Kenyan authorities found a consignment of handguns shipped by the United Nations from Mumbai, India, to Mombasa, in transit for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on board a Hoegh ship at the port of Mombasa. 

The company said the vehicles had originally been loaded by Indian military personnel.

“It is Hoegh Autoliners' policy not to load weapons on vessels engaged in civilian traffic. Had we been aware of the presence of guns inside this consignment of vehicles shipped by United Nations, the cargo would neither have been booked nor loaded. The fact that the vehicles contained guns, which were loaded without our knowledge, caused a breach of Kenyan laws and our own strict policies. 

“It is highly regrettable that a grave mistake on the part of the shipper has caused major difficulties and delays for other customers, the crew and ship. A search for drugs yielded no results involving vessel or crew," the statement said.

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