Ghana Navy rescues hijacked tanker

Incident marks first tanker hijack of the year in region.

How Ghana Navy arrested Nigerian pirates on oil tanker – The full story

The Ghana Navy on Saturday captured eight pirates involved in the hijacking of a crude oil tanker on the high seas.

The pirates were armed but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS Blika effected the arrest 26 nautical miles south east of Tema after the ship had drifted into Ghanaian waters.

The owner of MT Mariam, Mr Nakase Sunday told journalists in Tema that the hijacking occurred at 5:00 am on January 11, 2014 at Warri in Nigeria, adding that the vessel contains approximately 1,500 metric tomes of crude oil when it was captured by the pirates.

The hijackers seized the vessel and allegedly drained it of its oil.

Mr. Nakase said the ship was en route to Togo when it was captured. He said he immediately flew into Ghana last Friday after he had detected via a tracking system that the ship had drifted into the Ghanaian waters and quickly approached the Ghana Navy for assistance.

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