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"Stop Discharging Sewage Into Oceans" - GMA Warns Foreign Vessel Agents

The Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Mr. Thomas Kofi Alonsi, has sent a strong warning to Foreign Vessel Agents to stop discharging sewage into the ocean.

According to him, such acts are illegal and inappropriate.

Addressing Journalists in Accra, Mr. Kofi Alonsi said "In order to effectively achieve the main objective of the authority, we recently embarked on a concentrated maple inspections campaign to tackle marine environmental issues in various ports"

He furthered that, during the inspection campaign, number of vessel violating the maple provisions were heavily fined and detained in court pending judgement.

"The actions taken by the authority drastically reduced pollution in the marine environment hence, the need to encourage vessel operators to desist from such acts"

"We will not relent in executing our mandates against marine pollution"

"Ghana is heavily confronted with Maritime security threats which emanates from the lack of control over the waters of the Gulf of Guinea and insecurity along the Ghanaian Coast"

Mr. Alonsi added Ghana Maritime Authority in its mandate to ensure security within maritime jurisdiction, the authority has procured a patrol ship to improve surveillance on the exclusive economic zones.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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