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Editorial | Integrity Bill Needs Another Look

We have no cause to question the Government’s decision last year to purchase two offshore patrol vessels for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coastguard from the Dutch shipbuilders, Damen Group.

The larger ships enhanced the JDF’s capacity to scout Jamaica’s expansive exclusive economic zone, as well as its maritime borders, against poachers and other criminals. It helped that Damen had two Stan Patrol 4207 class vessels in stock, so, after their kitting out, it could, within months, deliver the ships to the JDF. Further, Jamaica got a good deal. At least, that was implied. The JDF traded-in three older, Damen-built ships, which apparently was supplemented by the payment of some cash. The specifics of the arrangement, however, have not be made public.

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