Authorities in Ghana have been recently issuing fines, based on unjustified allegations that ships calling at the country’s ports have discharged untreated sewage, reports by the Standard P&I Club reveal.
Experts from Ghana’s Maritime Security sector urged for more investment towards enhancing maritime security, in order to protect Ghana’s territorial waters, after the rise in maritime security threats across the West African sub-region.
Trawlers continue to operate illegally, as well as dodge fines in Ghana, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). Namely, last year, the vessel Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 was caught in Ghanaian waters with illegal nets and undersized ‘small pelagic’ fish on board. Despite the owners of the vessel were fined US$1 million fine, they refused to pay.
The Ghana Maritime Authority together with the Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA Ghana) have met with girls from secondary schools in the Accra Metropolis, aiming to educate and inspire them to take advantage of career opportunities within the industry.
A team of tugboat masters just finished a training programme in Denmark as part of a strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana. The training provided the tugboat masters with new tools on how to perform tugboat missions in the Port of Tema.
The Ghanaian Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has urged for complete eradication of the harmful, illegal practice of saiko. ‘Saiko’ is a form of illegal fishing, where trawlers target the staple catch of canoe fishers and sell this fish back to local communities at a profit.
Following the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement, ten Turkish seafarers onboard the Paksoy 1 freighter were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, on Saturday night, July 13. The ship is now on anchorage at the port Tema, Ghana. The Turkish Foreign Ministry is closely collaborating with authorities in Nigeria and Ghana to safely release the crew.
The Singaporean-flagged container ship ‘Maersk Cape Coast’ became the first commercial vessel, ‘Maersk Cape Coast’ to have docked at the Terminal 3 at Ghana’s Tema Port, after three years of expansion and modernization works to complete the first two berths.
Fishing is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and, in spite of improvements in technology, the loss of life in the fisheries sector is unacceptably high. In order to improve the safety of fishers and fishing vessels, IMO has established, over the years, various initiatives, culminating with the adoption of the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.
Since 2017, two Ghanaians and 11 Indian nationals have been detained, along with the DLB Sea Horizon vessel at the Sekondi Naval Base in Ghana due to a payment dispute. Reports say that WAG SPV, the American owner of the Panamanian vessel, had to pay the port charges accrued over the period, an amount in the region of $1.5 million.
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