The Ghana Maritime Authority has called for a national document to step up maritime security activities in the country. Namely, the Authority asked for interagency views to protect the Ghanaian waters from maritime crime.
The call came when National members of the joint Maritime Security committee visited stakeholder agencies to ask for interagency views at creating a national maritime framework to protect and govern security in the Ghanaian waters.
The Authority has asked for a stakeholder opinion to ensure uniformity of purpose, agenda, and implementation. The National Maritime Security committee consists of security experts from the Ghana Maritime Authority, National Security/Security Governance Initiative, Ghana Navy, Customs, Marine Police, together with external support from the United States Security Governance Initiative focal Directors for Africa.
In addition, as piracy increases in the world’s oceans, the Ghana Maritime Authority organized a 4-Day Crisis Response Training for security experts and players in the maritime sector, from 9 to 12 of July.
This exercise aimed to prepare the Ghana’s Crisis Response Team to combat any unforeseen incident on Ghana’s maritime domain. The training wanted to improve inter-agency cooperation in ensuring smooth maritime rescue activities.
During the training, a simulation exercise took place for trainees to learn how to prevent an illegal oil bunkering. To check the effectiveness and competence of the program, trainees were divided into various units called cells according to their technical expertise.