The resolve by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to clamp down on the activities of fuel smugglers seems to be yielding positive results following the interception of three oil vessels in Takoradi in the Western Region.
The latest seizure came barely 24 hours after two unregistered oil vessels had been impounded for engaging in illegal oil trade in Ghanaian territorial waters.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NPA, Mr Alhassan Tampuli, named the vesels as MT River Oak (Marshall Islands Flag) 8, MT Asian Champion and the MT Atlantic Dreamer.
He said MT River Oak was in the process of supplying fuel oil (bunkering) to the two other ships: the MT Asian Champion and the MT Atlantic Dreamer.
He said the operation was being carried out about 65 nautical miles offshore in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on April 14, 2018, when officials of the Ghana Navy apprehended them.
Mr Tampuli said the crew told investigators that the supply vessel (the MT River Oak) had sourced the product from offshore Lome and had been instructed by its owners to supply the two other vessels on the high seas of Ghana.