World Bulletin / News Desk
The navies of Ghana, Nigeria and Togo are conducting search operations for a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that disappeared off the coast of Ghana last week.
"Initial reports said the ship was in Ghanaian waters; other reports said in Togolese waters," acting Director of Public Affairs for the Ghana Armed Forces Lt. Col Aggrey Quashie told Anadolu Agency on Monday.
"To be frank, if you are dealing with Togo, you are in effect dealing with Nigeria, so we are in collaboration and sharing information," he added.
"We are looking within the whole sub-region, so everybody is searching within their territorial waters to see if they can find something," said Quashie.
There are fears that the Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis might have been captured by pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea.
"For now, I cannot confirm that," said the army spokesperson. "I would not want to speculate on anything until the vessel is found."
"Let's get the vessel and then we will know from the people on board exactly what happened," said Quashie.
He could not provide any immediate information regarding the size of the lost tanker's crew.
The oil tanker is thought to have made its last contact with its managers, Fairdeal Group S.A., at 6pm Wednesday.
Ghana has two major seaports: one at Tema, east of Accra, and another in the city of Takoradi in the Western Region, where the country operates a substantial offshore oil industry.
Paul Asare Ansah, head of public relations at the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, said it would be bad news for Ghana if it turned out that the ship had been captured by pirates.
"One of our strengths is the fact that our territorial waters are very secure… and this [an incident of piracy] will reflect on the attitude of the international shipping community towards our port," he told AA.
"We maintain the security of our anchorage, so that is secured because we have obtained patrol boats and we regularly patrol those areas together with the navy and the maritime police," said the official.
"So we can renew assurance of safety and security in our ports and its environment," he added.
Ansah went on to say that – as far as piracy was concerned – Africa's West Coast had become more dangerous even than the coast of Somalia.
A Korean fishing vessel was recently hijacked off the coast of Ghana. It was later spotted inside Nigerian territorial waters.
Kamal Deen, an expert in maritime law and security, described the hijacking as "another major indication that the maritime security environment in the Gulf of Guinea is becoming a threat."
Output rose threefold since 2010 with exports go to 60 countries, including U.S, Saudi Arabia
"We are hoping the decision would lead to more stable relations with Egypt," Abu Zuhri told The Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is opposed a two-stage agreement in the ongoing nuclear negotiation with the US and EU representatives, rejecting a US daily claim to the contrary, said an Iranian source close to the negotiation team in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The group that began in Germany who started in Montreal 3 months ago have organised a walk in Montreal this weekend. Many are against the group with an anti-PEGIDA protest set to take place at the same time and place as the PEGIDA demonstration, on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Nigerian army said it destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram after capturing the northeastern town of Gwoza from the nsurgent group.
Morocco has had F-16 warplanes stationed in the United Arab Emirates since it began taking part in coalition air strikes on militants in Iraq and Syria.
PM Hun Sen commends country’s peaceful Muslim community at inauguration.
Sierra Leone, the country worst-affected by the disease, has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the epidemic was declared a year ago.
No one expects Uzbekistan’s long-standing president Islam Karimov to achieve anything less than a landslide victory when Uzbeks head to the polls on March 29.
The two-chamber Congress suspended deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that will grant self-rule to the Moro minority after 44 police commandos died in a clash with Muslim rebels on Jan. 25.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan spoke out on Friday on the US-Saudi alliance in Yemen and said Pakistan should be playing a lead role in the negotiation process rather than becoming a participant in the war.
American military chief holds talks with leading South Korean officials, but cancels planned media briefing.
Hasan Edmonds, a active member of the Illinois Army National Guard, planned to use his military training to fight for the terrorist organization, prosecutors said in a statement. Hasan Edmonds booked airline travel to depart Wednesday from Chicago and arrive in Cairo Thursday.
Palestinian man Maher al-Hashlamon, 30, was accused of stabbing and killing an Israeli woman in the southern part of the West Bank four months ago, Israel Public Radio said.
Drop is part of a campaign to deter potential recruits from joining the armed group.
Court says up to Thai gov’t whether family with Turkish passports will be sent to Turkey or China.