Tanker in full load stranded in Germany while Ghana companies accuse each other
Ghana News Agency (GNA) on July 1 reported that the International Police in Germany has intercepted an oil tanker MT Ceilo Di Milano for carrying stolen crude from Saltpond Offshore oil field. According to news, General Shipping & Trading Services Ltd, acting per its Chief Executive, the justice Asare took out 24,332 barrels from the Saltpond Producing Company Limited (SOPCL) valued at $1,237,647 through Imperial Energy Ventures Limited of Accra.
The General Shipping and Trading Services (GSTS) has denied stealing oil from Saltpond Offshore oil field and insisted that claims that its vessel has been arrested in Germany are also “false.”
The GSTS Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justice Asare in an interview with citifmonline.com said the publication by GNA was “a personal vendetta against him by the CEO of Saltpond Offshore oil field, Quincy Sintim Aboagye.”
According to AIS track, tanker loaded oil at Saltpond Offshore Terminal in late April, and sailed to Europe. Cielo Di Milano was anchored on the road west of Helgoland on June 5, and is still at anchor in the same position. It may be assumed then, that legal proceedings are still under way in order to find out, who stole from whom, was there theft and forgery or wasn’t, who tarnished whom, and what the hell is going on, anyway.
One more example of risks involved in African, especially Western African, shipping.