U.S. Embassy Presents a “Ship-in-a-box” to the Mauritius Revenue Authority

INL DAS Tobin Bradley discusses the "ship-in-a-box" with Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

November 15, 2023:Today, U.S. Ambassador Henry Jardine and Deputy Assistant Secretary Tobin Bradley from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs officially presented a “ship-in-a-box” to the Mauritius Revenue Authority in the presence of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

The Western Indian Ocean hosts vital trade routes that maintain the global supply networks and carry goods all over the world.  Unfortunately, transnational criminal organizations also take advantage of these trade routes to create illicit trafficking networks.  Mauritius plays a key role in leading efforts to increase Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and cut off these illicit enterprises. The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs supports these efforts by funding and coordinating trainings from UNODC, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and INTERPOL.  Today’s equipment donation, a “ship-in-a-box” will help support these trainings and provide a facility for Mauritian Revenue Authority personnel to practice maritime tactics and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) interdictions, in a safe and controlled manner, better preparing them for real-world scenarios.

Minister of Finance Renganaden Padyachy; the Director of General of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), Mr. Sudhamo Lal; UNODC representatives Pooja Bissoonauthsing, Ash Gordon, and David O’Connell were also present at the event.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bradley said: “We are all here today because we share a common goal of making the global community safer by countering transnational organized crime and increasing maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean.  The Western Indian Ocean hosts vital trade routes that maintain the global supply networks and carry goods all over the world.  Mauritius plays a key role in leading efforts to increase Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and cut off these illicit enterprises. INL supports these efforts by funding and coordinating trainings from UNODC, DEA, and INTERPOL.  Today’s equipment donation, a “ship-in-a-box” will help support these trainings and provide a facility for Mauritius Revenue Authority personnel to practice maritime tactics and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) interdictions, in a safe and controlled manner, better preparing them for real-world scenarios.”