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Korean car carrier released by Libyan militants

The Morning Compass, a car carrier controlled by South Korea’s Eukor, has been released by Libyan militants and is now sailing to Germany.

The ship was seized on Saturday in eastern Libyan waters with local militants claiming it had entered a barred military area. The crew were unharmed and the ship will now head with its cargo of more than 5,000 Korean-built cars to its final destination in northern Germany.

Libya has been in a six-year long civil war with a number of ships targeted in recent years.

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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