Eight individuals suspected to have engaged in an illegal bunkering operation on the Takoradi sea stretch have been apprehended by the Ghana Maritime Authority with the extensive aid of the Western Naval Command and Marine Police.
Reports say the suspects were busted during a routine patrol on the sea to check the activities of such persons by men of the security service.
The eight suspects are currently in the Marine police custody as their christened “Dendey” boat has been sent to the anchorage at the Western Naval command.
The said wooden boat was reported to be containing a capacity of about 55,000 to 60 000 tonnes of oil.
Disguised as fishing boats, these massive wooden vessels, with the storage capacity of tens of thousands of litres and propelled by twin-outboard motors, go to the high seas, mostly at night where unapproved and unlicensed tanker ships dock.