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Ghana’s Fisheries Minister urges for Saiko to end

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.

Pirates kidnap ten Turkish seafarers in the Gulf of Guinea

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. 

Ghana’s Tema Port welcomes first commercial vessel after expansion

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.

IMO to boost safety of ships and fishing in Ghana

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.

Vessel and crew still detained in Ghana from 2017 due to economic dispute

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.

Watch: How illegal fishing hurts Ghana’s fisheries

The Environmental Justice Foundation filmed illegal activities as they took place at sea and undertook first-hand monitoring at ports and data analysis to present the full catastrophic scale of this form of organised crime. ‘Saiko’ is a form of illegal fishing, where foreign trawlers target the staple catch of Ghanaian canoe fishers and sell this stolen fish back to local communities at a profit.

More opportunities will arise for African women in the maritime sector

According to the Ghana Shipper’s Authority, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana highlighted that more opportunities should arise for women participating in the maritime sector, mostly in Africa, to take advantage of the potentials of the continent’s blue economy.

Eni announces discovery in Akoma project, offshore Ghana

Enni announced on Thursday, May 9, a gas and condensate discovery in CTP-Block 4, offshore Ghana. The well on the Akoma exploration project had an estimated volume between 550 and 650 bfc of gas and 18-20 mmbbl of condensate. 

Denmark, Ghana extend maritime cooperation

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the two countries extended the strategic sector cooperation until 2021. The overall purpose of the strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana is to boost capacity building in the maritime sector that benefits both countries.

Ghana’s Port of Tema expansion on schedule for June

All seven ship-to-shore and 20 RTG ultra-modern gantry cranes have arrived for installation in the Port of Tema, Ghana, as part of a $1 billion investment by APM Terminals and partners. With crane commissioning and operator training now taking place, the Port is on schedule to open on 28 June 2019. 

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