Two unregistered oil vessels confiscated for engaging in fuel smuggling

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The Ghana Navy in collaboration with the National Petroleum Authority and the Ghana Ports and Harbours’ Authority has arrested two unregistered oil vessels in illegal oil trade in the Ghanaian territorial Seas.

The vessels, one a Nigerian registered one per preliminary investigation had 11 crew on board with a total of 320 metric tons of fuel, according to the crew on-board.

Addressing a news conference in Tema, the Chief Staff Officer at the Naval Headquarters, Commodore Issah Yakubu, said investigations are yet to be launched to know the quantity of the product, adding that, the activities of the two vessels were not sanctioned hence their arrest.

Commodore Yakubu further issued a stern warning to persons who may be hatching plans to engage in such illegal activities, saying the collaborative machinery of the state has been stepped up to deal with such miscreants.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Petroleum Authority, Hassan Tampuli on the issue mentioned that, all the institutions in the oil industry will carry out an independent investigations to ascertain whether or not the confiscated products type satisfies the Ghanaian specification.

He stressed that proper sanctions will be meted out to them if found culpable.

Source: Edward Serbie.

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