The Ghana Navy on Monday 11 October 2021 at about 0200 hours successfully warded off pirates onboard two speed boats who suspiciously approached a Tuna vessel by name AFKO 805 operating 105 nautical miles south of Aflao.
A statement signed by Acting Director of Public Relations, Commander Andy La-Anyane, said, the operation ended without any casualty to the vessel and its crew, adding, the vessel continues to be engaged in its lawful fishing activities.
The Ghana Navy in recent times has doubled its patrols at sea to curb the numerous piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea making our Exclusive Economic Zone one of the safest in the Region.
The piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea has created a sense of insecurity in the Region. In Ghana, the Navy has strived to maintain adequate security at sea to enable a conducive maritime environment for national development. Fishing vessels have often fallen prey to pirates within the Region.
The Chief of the Naval Staff recently visited his counterparts in Nigeria, Benin and Togo as a way of seeking their cooperation to combat the regional menace. Additionally, the Ghana Navy in its quest to curb this menace, decided to deploy armed naval personnel onboard fishing vessels in consultation with stakeholders in the industry all aimed at ensuring a safe and secured maritime environment for the smooth operations of fishing and commercial vessels.
The statement however assured all vessels and their operators within Ghana’s maritime domain of their eagerness to protect all those engaged in legal businesses and also accost all those engaged in illegalities.
The Navy, it said, therefore seeks the cooperation of all partners to enable the nation to achieve a safe maritime environment for national development.