Libya arrested Russian tanker, presumably mt Mekhanik Chebotarev
(Reuters) - Military forces allied with Libya's self-declared government in Tripoli said on Wednesday Sep 16 they had captured a Russian-flagged oil tanker and its crew trying to smuggle oil from the port of Zawara. Twafik Alskir, a senior official with Tripoli-allied naval forces said 11 Russian crew had been detained. Alskir said the tanker and crew had been taken to Tripoli port.
According to available data, detained tanker is a river-sea type product tanker Mekhanik Chebotarev. Vessel according to AIS was to call Malta, last port of call Istanbul. It is not clear if the vessel loaded illegal oil or was detained while ballasting to Zawara. As of morning Sep 17, vessel was docked in Tripoli.