UPDATED: Greek coastguard raids vessel carrying weapons possibly linked to ISIS

The Greek coastguard has raided a cargo vessel carrying weapons suspected to be destined for Islamic State (IS) forces in Libya, according to local media reports.

The vessel was raided while underway off Ierapetra, on the south coast of Crete. The Coastguard has diverted the ship to Crete’s Heraklion Port, where it is expected to arrive early on Wednesday morning for further searches and investigation.

Local media reports say the vessel was carrying weapons and explosives inside containers. Crew members have reportedly been arrested.

UPDATE: Greek media has named the vessel as the Bolivia-flagged singledecker general cargo vessel Haddad 1 (1,400 dwt, built 1976), which is commercially managed by Piraeus-based IMS Hellenic, according to Equasis. The vessel’s registered owner is Haddad Shipping Co.

According to AIS data, the ship had departed from İskenderun port in Turkey on August 24 and was bound for Misrata in Libya. Local media reports say the vessel’s documents claim it was carrying a cargo of plastics. The ship’s crew consists of nationals from Syria, Egypt and India.

In January, the Haddad 1 was banned from calling at Spanish ports after failing to call at a repair yard as ordered by authorities.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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