Turkish and Ukrainian tankers seized by Libyan Navy

April 29, 2017 at 04:16 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Reuters reported capture of two tankers in Libyan waters early Apr 28:
Ayoub Qassem, a spokesman for the Libyan naval forces, said Ukraine-flagged tanker Routa and a vessel with an unspecified African nation's flag named Stark were captured early Friday.
"Clashes lasted for three hours, but the two tankers were successfully seized," Qassem said.
The incident occurred in the Sidi Said area west of Tripoli. Qassem did not report any casualties or give details on what happened to the crew of the vessels or their nationalities.
Libyan forces frequently capture vessels smuggling oil and arms off the coast.

Comment: AIS of both vessels missing since Apr 24, last known positions of both vessels Malta waters. It’s not clear what clashes Libyan Navy is talking about. With whom, with crew? it’s highly doubtful, that they have arms on board, let alone willingness and readiness to go into fight with armed militants.

Turkish and Ukrainian tankers seized by Libyan Navy

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