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‘Extreme caution’ still needed when calling at Libya

‘Extreme caution’ still needed when calling at Libya

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The Libyan port of Benghazi reopened yesterday after a three-year closure as civil war has battered the North African nation. Despite the reopening, experts are urging any ship transiting near Libya to proceeed with “extreme caution”.

“Although all major Libyan ports, except Derna and Sirte, are reported to be open and in operation, ships approaching Libyan waters must proceed with extreme caution while transiting in or near Libya’s territorial waters,” P&I Club Gard noted in a message to clients.

Ships calling in the east of the unstable country need to be most aware of possible attacks.

Since 2011 when Libya descended into civil war a number of merchant ships and seafarers have been fired upon.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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