Lebanese freighter Nour M intercepted in Greek waters with shipment of arms on board
Media is reporting interception of a Lebanese general cargo vessel Nour M on Nov 8 13 in Aegean sea, with a shipment of arms and explosives on board, referring to information issued by Greek authorities. Vessel underway was intercepted in Greek waters off Sami island, and taken to Rhodos port for investigation. Some 20,000 AK-47 assault rifles and explosives were found, according to media. Destination of arms remains unclear. According to FleetMon.com AIS data, vessel was bound for Tripoli. Vesseltracker.com AIS info left destination position blank. Vessel departed from Nikolaev port, Ukraine, on Oct 25, next stop was Istanbul, where vessel stayed from Oct 30 until Nov 3. The question arises as to what the vessel was doing in a period from Oct 25 till Oct 30? It’s some 30-40 hours sailing from Nikolaev to Istanbul for a slow-steamer Nour M. Where the vessel was during four days? Why such a delay and why such a prolonged stay in Istanbul?
Media are speculating on arms destination country, naming first of all, Syria. Obviously Greek authorities did have some information when they intercepted the vessel, or else why should they do it? Vessel was docked in Rhodos, as of morning Nov 9 13 she’s berthed in Rhodos.