Director General, Ghana Maritime Authority calls on CDS

The Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr Thomas Alonzi has on Friday 4 June, 2021 calls on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama at his office in Burma Camp.

The purpose of his visit was to engage the CDS on measures to mitigate the rising issues of piracy and insecurities in Ghana’s maritime domain.

Mr Thomas Alonzi stated that, the waters of Ghana had been recognized as safe haven for ships and vessels in the past but due to the growing trend of piracy and insecurities in the Region, Ghana is losing that recognition. He maintained that his outfit had been collaborating with the Ghana Navy and the Marine Police to help preserve sanity on the waters.

Vice Admiral Seth Amoama in response stated that, the increasing insecurity threats such as attacks on vessels and ships in Ghanaian waters, kidnapping ships crews for ransom and pilfering have been noted by the Ghana Armed Forces, adding that, the Ghana Navy had engaged the fishing community in the past and collaborated on a number of measures which led to the significant reduction in crime on the waters.

He, however, stated that due to the current state of insecurity, the Ghana Navy was preparing to meet their counterparts in the Sub-Region to formulate guidelines to counter the menace. These he said might include coordinated patrols by navies of the countries in the sub-region, maritime operations and information sharing among countries.

Present with the CDS was the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu.