The Ghana Navy has rescued a Turkish flagged vessel, MV PAKSOY-1 that was attacked at sea in Ghana waters during routine patrols with the Ghana Navy Ship (GNS) EHWOR on Saturday 13 July 2019.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Commodore James Osei Kontoh, mentioned that the vessel which was attacked by Nigerian pirates was en route to La Côte d’Ivoire, after discharging her cargo (fertilizer) in Douala, Cameroun, from Morocco.
Commodore Kontoh noted that the alleged pirates fired and destroyed most of the navigational equipment at the bridge, totally crippling the vessel and took hostage of the ten crew members at gun point and abandoned the ship at about 2300 hours, leaving eight crew members on-board.
He said they located and swiftly responded to the situation and offered the necessary assistance to the vessel.
To this end, the Eastern Naval Command, on Wednesday 17 July 2019 met with the Turkish Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr Ozlem Ergun Ulueren as well as some security agencies in the maritime sector in Ghana to discuss the perennial attacks on vessels. The objective of the maritime stakeholder discussion was to discuss the effective means of curbing maritime crime.
The vessel was subsequently escorted to Tema by GNS EHWOR on Monday 15 July 2019 and is currently safe at the Tema Anchorage.