Ghana deploys Navy to search for missing oil tanker
ACCRA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) said it has deployed the Navy to search for a Liberian-flagged missing oil tanker suspected to have been hijacked off Ghana's coast over the weekend, according to the Public Relations Officer of the GAF on Tuesday.
Colonel Mbawine Atintande told Xinhua in an interview the GAF was aware of the report of the missing oil tanker off Ghanaian territorial waters.
"We are aware of the missing oil tanker and we have deployed our Navy to search for the missing vessel and report accordingly," Colonel Atintande said.
There were reports of suspected hijacking of the vessel by pirates. But Atintande said there's not sufficient evidence to support the claim. "We cannot confirm or deny the suspected hijacking of the vessel by pirates. Until we see the vessel, we cannot say there is suspected piracy or not," he said.
The Liberian-flagged oil tanker was reported over the weekend to have gone missing 36 nautical miles off the coast of Ghana.
"We had a distress call from the master of the ship on Friday saying he was 36 nautical miles away from our waters after he was hijacked and looted in Togolese waters early Wednesday," a senior official at Ghana's eastern port city of Tema said.
The Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis made its last contact with its manager, Fairdeal Group S.A., at 1800 hours GMT on Wednesday when it was operating off the coast of Ghana.
The oil vessel was said to have failed to make contact with officials of the company on Thursday.