Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gulf of Guinea Pirates or Maybe Not

Arrow points to Ghana
A sort of case of piracy or, well, employee theft, reported as Ghana Navy detains vessel with stolen oil by DefenceWeb:
Ghana’s Navy has detained an oil tanker that was trying to offload oil stolen in Nigeria.

The Ghana Armed Forces on Saturday said that it had detained the MV Madina whilst it was attempting to discharge oil at the Saltpond Offshore Producing Company Limited.

Colonel M’Bawine Atintande, director of public relations at the Ghana Armed Forces, said that the ship was arrested on Thursday after a tipoff from counterparts in Nigeria.

Quincy Sintim Aboagye, CEO of Saltpond Offshore Producing Company, ensured that the MV Madina was prevented from leaving the facility until vessels from the Ghana Navy arrived, Pana Press reports.

The owners of the vessel said the MV Madina was supposed to transfer oil from a small field in Nigeria into a larger ship, the MV North Wind Grace, but the captain and crew instead decided to steal the cargo, the Ghana News Agency reports.

1 comment:

  1. Gary Stringer10:43 AM

    I find it interesting that as the number of piracy incidents in Somalia decreases, the frequency of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea seems to rise. A recent article I read said that piracy in Somalia had fallen by 40%, I think piracy in the Gulf must have risen by a similar number...