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Marine Police back again as 8 people apprehended for illegal bunkering in Western Region

The Marine Police in collaboration with the Ghana Maritime Authority and the Western Naval Command has arrested eight persons(8) suspected to be busy in illegal oil bunkering along the coast of the Western Rehion.

The police patrol team arrested the suspects on Wednesday dawn after returning to their base after their daily routine.

The patrol team spotted a wooden boat in an unusual position, approached it and saw eight persons on board.

To their a search, they discovered that the specially made wooden boat had thousands of litters of oil – referred to as remaining on board.

According to report,They were then escorted to the Sekondi Naval Base, where the product and the wooden boat were seized with the eight suspects handed over to the police.

However, The ACP Seidu lddi the Marine Police Commander has all the eight suspects and are all Ghanaians and are believed to be residents of Sekondi-Takoradi.

According to report,the eight young men are being held at police station and instant investigations is going on and then process them for court. At the same time, the product is going to be hand over to the appropriate state agency.

According to report,From the beginning of March this year, the Ghana Maritime Authority together with the Marine Police and the Western Police Command have been patrolling the coast of the Western and Central regions to clamp down on illegal activities including oil bunkering and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Captain William Esson Thompson,The Western Region Director of the Ghana Maritime Authority explained that since the operation began, they have made several arrests. 

He said,They have made several arrests on many illegalities committed at sea since we combined forces for the patrols. But with specific reference to the oil bunkering, only last week we made an arrest. On top of my head, I can count more than six arrests.

He also said,These boats are used for smuggling; they are not registered in any form and so we cannot account for them. The product is definitely stolen from somewhere. So, the question is where was it stolen from and is it suitable for our local market? If it is not, it means it ends up at pump stations and in your car and my car and they start to malfunction. We are also worried about our environment as well because of the haste with which they are discharged both at sea and on land.

Some people supply vessels that call at the Takoradi Port to supply petroleum products are suspected to be the trade-off point for the illegal oil bunkering.

Then sell off their remaining petroleum products referred to as “remaining on board” after they have supplied to the original buyers.

The petroleum products, mostly diesel, are pumped from the supply ships at the anchorage using specially made canoes designed for that purpose, with the inside lined with plastic to avoid contamination and leakage.

Afterward the  fuel is then transported to filling stations in the Takoradi metropolis and subsequently sold to the public.

The Ghana Maritime Authority is working on a law that will give it the power to burn boats caught engaging in illegal oil bunkering.

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