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Controversial Morning Glory tanker to be auctioned next Thursday

The controversial tanker Morning Glory (35,583 dwt; built 1993) that was involved in an epic Libyan saga last year is set to be sold.

The ship had taken oil in rebel held territory last March. Libya’s parliament dismissed the then prime minister Ali Zeidan after the tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held port reportedly broke through a naval blockade. The ship was then stormed by US Navy SEALs off Cyprus and being brought back into the hands of the internationally recoginsed government in Libya.

The country’s state prosecutor said on Thursday that the ship will now be sold at auction next Thursday.

Equasis, the ship tracking site, is unable to list the current owner of the ship, which was flying the North Korean flag when it called in Libya last year.

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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