Libya Militia Seizes Tanker
Libya Militia Seizes Turkish Tanker
By Irina Slav
Six armed men have seized the Haci Telli oil tanker sailing under a Turkish flag in the Libyan port of Zuwarah, claiming that the company leasing the vessel owes the port of Zuwarah US$433,000 for oil purchased earlier. The armed group is holding 11 crew members on another vessel near the port.
According to Turkish news agency Deniz Haber Ajansi, the operator of the tanker is Transpacific Shipping. The vessel set sail from the Turkish port of Tuzla on February 11, with a final destination Lavaleta, Malta. The Libyan port, it appears, was supposed to be a mid-way stop, so the tanker could load oil.
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