The Eastern Naval Command of the Ghana Navy has seized a canoe and three large fuel tankers that were being used to siphon fuel at the canoe basin at the Tema Fishing Harbour.
The Navy also arrested at least three persons on suspicion of engaging in illegal fuel trade.
The arrest was made at about 1am on Friday, May 25, 2018 following intelligence picked by the Navy that canoe operators and drivers of the trucks were supposedly siphoning fuel into the tankers.
Speaking to journalists in Tema, the Command Operations Officer of the Eastern Naval Command, Commander Isaac Mahama Abu said the Navy on their usual patrols around the canoe basin detected a canoe with large storage compartment pumping fuel into a fuel tanker.
He said a team of Navy personnel was dispatched to the scene and on arrival they discovered that the canoe had connected long hoses to the tanker and was pumping fuel into one of the trucks with two other tankers standing by.
“It was around 1am and we thought that it was wrong that you are pumping fuel from a canoe into a tanker vehicle. There was no arrangement for fire tender, should there be fire. As well as the timing they were conducting this activity was wrong. So we had to arrest the tankers and the canoe. We had to bring the tanker to the base and the canoe is at the main harbour,” he apprised.
According to Commander Abu, it was more worrying for such an activity to be taking place near national installations such as the Karpower badge and that the action of the Navy was a pre-emptive measure to avert any possible disaster from happening.
He said the Navy was collaborating with the National Petroleum Authority and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority to conduct further investigations into the act.
“If you look at the canoe basin, we have a lot of canoes there, very close to each other and should there be fire, it would cut through, and even spread through up to the fishing harbour itself, and the Karpowership, is also just there, which is a national asset,” he said.
Meanwhile, the three fuel tanker trucks each with a capacity of up to 8,900 gallons (33,690 litres) and their respective drivers as well as the canoe have been impounded by the Navy for further investigations.