Customs seeks SNILD’s help in securing $20K for fuel for 2 boats


Jose C. Mafnas

The Division of Customs Biosecurity has requested the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation to appropriate $20,000 to pay for the fuel of its two maritime enforcement boats.

In his letter to SNILD chair Rep. John Paul Sablan (Ind-Saipan) dated Feb. 9, 2023, division director Jose C. Mafnas underscored the importance of maintaining the security of CNMI seaports and borders, saying the Division of Customs and Biosecurity is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the CNMI’s borders, including the waters around the seaports. These two CBS boats, he said, are essential tools in fulfilling that responsibility and require a constant supply of fuel to remain operational.

“Unfortunately, the current budget constraints have made it difficult for us to maintain a steady supply of fuel for these two boats,” Mafnas said.

The director said he understands the importance of being fiscally responsible, but that he firmly believes the safety and security of the community should always be a top priority.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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