The Ghana Navy successfully foiled a pirate attack on a Tuna Fishing Vessel, AFKO 805, at Aflao on Monday.
This is according to a statement from the Navy which also said the pirates who were onboard two-speed boats were successfully warded off.
“on Monday, October 11, 2021, at about 0200 hours, the Navy successfully warded off pirates onboard two-speed boats who suspiciously approached the tuna vessel operating 105 nautical miles south of Aflao”, the statement said.
It was signed by Commander Andy La-Anyane, Acting Director of Public Relations at the Ghana Navy.
According to the statement the operation ended without casualty with the interception allowing the fishing vessel continues with its lawful fishing activities.
“The Ghana Navy in recent times 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 statement said.
Rampant piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has created insecurity in the sub-region but, but the Ghanaian Navy said it has maintained adequate security at sea to enable a conducive maritime environment for national development.
Commander La-Anyane’s statement added that Ghana’s Chief of the Naval Staff recently visited his counterparts in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo to foster cooperation against piracy on the west coast of Africa.
Also, it said the Ghana Navy has deployed armed naval personnel on board fishing vessels in consultation with stakeholders in the industry aimed at ensuring a safe and secured maritime environment for the smooth operations of fishing and commercial vessels.
“The Ghana Navy, however, assures all vessels and their operators within our maritime domain of our eagerness to protect all those engaged in legal businesses and also accost all those engaged in illegalities,” the statement said.