Ghana government allows private security on vessels

Savahna Nightingale

The Ghanaian government has granted a British private security company (PSC) the licence to have armed guards on board vessels.

From the end of June 2015, Watchwood Resources Ltd (WRL) will be able to accompany armed Ghana Marine Police aboard commercial vessels within Ghana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and provide security services.

“We have been working on getting an agreement signed since the middle of last year and it’s just been approved,” Jonathan Stamper, director at WRL told IHS Maritime.

Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, who was appointed the chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2014 and is a key member of the Group, is expected to have significant influence on the progression of a maritime security framework for the region, which for a long time has been stagnant.

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