Jan Erna is a Dutch-built trawler fishing out of Northern Ireland. Or, more accurately it, was fishing.
According to data provided by the European Commission the Jan Erna is something of a vampire vessel: scrapped not once but twice. And both times with a substantial EU grant.
The Commission’s data shows that the vessel owners were awarded an EU grant for modernisation worth €63,164.22 in October 1997. Two months later, they were awarded another EU grant for scrapping the Jan Erna, worth €255,654.75.
Several years later, in 2004 another EU grant was awarded for scrapping the Jan Erna, this time worth €167,883.21.
There are only two possible explanations. Either the European Commission’s data on fisheries subsidies is dodgy, which casts doubt over whether it is fully in control of EU funds; or, the grants were actually made as described in the data, which strongly suggests fraud. How can a vessel be scrapped twice?
Jan Erna on fishsubsidy.org
Photo from trawlerphotos.co.uk