DOLFIN Releases Analysis of Ghana-Côte d'Ivoire Boundary Ruling

In a 181-page judgement delivered in Hamburg on 23 September 2017, a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) unanimously fixed the course of the single, “all-purpose” maritime boundary between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire both within and beyond 200 nautical miles from the two countries’ coastlines.  The boundary, which is situated in an area in the Gulf of Guinea that is rich in hydrocarbons, represents a relatively rare “strict,” or un-adjusted, equidistance line favouring Ghana. 

The Directors of the Dundee Ocean and Lake Frontiers Institute and Neutrals (DOLFIN), a research unit within CEPMLP, have prepared a comprehensive summary and analysis, complete with unique graphs, of the maritime boundary ruling. 

Following this latest ruling, the first between African coastal States in 15 years, some 70 percent of Africa’s blue frontiers (lake and ocean boundaries), including various in the Gulf of Guinea, are still to be delimited.  This affects practically all of Africa’s maritime waters, which hold offshore hydrocarbon reserves (EEZ and ECS waters) of approximately 95 billion Barrels Oil Equivalent (BBOE) (discovered) and, most importantly, yet-to-be-found reserves estimated at 70-80 BBOE, subject to basin limits.

Any queries may be addressed directly to the DOLFIN Directors, Professor Pieter Bekker - p.bekker@dundee.ac.uk and Mr Robert van de Poll - rvandepoll@fugro.com