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Ghana Navy Spearheads Collaboration with Other West African Navies in Curbing Piracy

PRESS RELEASE

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra Tel: +233-302774511 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: website-dpr@ghq.mail.gh Release No.15    June 2020

The Ghana Navy is spearheading the enhanced collaboration with other West African Navies in order to curb the rising incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. To this end the Ghana Navy is effectively utilizing the Maritime Operations Centres (MOCs) for information sharing mechanisms and deploying naval vessels to deal with pirate attacks.

In a recent incident on 24 June 2020, the Ghana Navy was able to pick up signals of suspected pirates on speedboats trailing the Ghanaian – flagged fishing vessel ‘PANOFI FRONTIER’ in Benin waters. From the MOCs the Ghana Navy activated the information – sharing mechanism of the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy. Neighbouring countries accordingly through their MOCs and Operations Rooms deployed vessels towards the general area.

In Ghana, the Navy deployed Ghana Navy Ships (GNS) GARINGA and YAA ASANTEWAA while electronically monitoring the situation. Having noted that the PANOFI FRONTIER has been attacked and six persons kidnapped off the coast of Benin, GNS GARINGA proceeded to support the search along Ghana’s eastern maritime boundary.

The Ghana Navy was able to monitor the movements of the distressed vessel 65 nautical miles south of Cotonu and as she hobbled towards Ghana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), GNS GARINGA moved in to intercept the vessel and escorted her to the Tema Harbour for further investigations and for the remaining crew members to be attended to.

As the stakeholder-agencies such as the Ghana Navy, National Security, Ghana Maritime Authority and others continue with the investigations, the Ghana Navy is engaged in further collaboration with the Navies and authorities of Benin and Nigeria to determine the location and to secure the release of the kidnapped crew members (five Koreans and one Ghanaian) and also to take necessary action to curtail further occurrences. Accordingly all Commands, MOCs and duty ships of Ghana Navy are on alert and monitoring all suspicious movements of vessels and skiffs at sea.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE

Colonel

Director Public Relations