Ghana Navy calls for review of maritime laws to ensure adequate protection

| Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 3:32pm



The current maritime laws of the country make it difficult for the Navy to adequately protect vessels and assure them of their safety.

Chief Staff Officer at the Navy Headquarters, Commodore Issah Yakubu was explaining to Radio Ghana why some suspicious vessels which were arrested in the territorial waters of the country ended up being released due to limitations in the legal framework.

He said even though the vessels were 70 nautical miles away from the shores of Ghana; they were vulnerable to pirates, considering the fact that they were transferring petroleum products.

He said the laws need to be reviewed because the International community can hold the Ghana Navy responsible if vessels are attacked close to the country's shores.