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Libya’s National Oil Corporation warns owners against loading ‘unauthorised’ oil exports

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has sent a letter to shipowners, traders, and shipbrokers warning not to load “unauthorised” export crude. NOC belongs to the internationally-recognised government of Libya, but given more than five years of civil war there have been plenty of incidents of oil being exported via rival factions. NOC and Libyan government have repeatedly warned in recent years of threats to bomb ships that come into Libyan waters to take unauthorised oil.

NOC claims a number of firms are looking to charter vessels to load illicit cargoes of Libyan oil at the Marsa el-Hariga export terminal.

“Shipping market participants are advised that these contracts and the individuals who signed them have no legal standing,” said Ahmed Shawki, the NOC’s general marketing manager in a letter addressed to Katharina Stanzel, managing director of oil tanker association Intertanko.

Ships found to be loading oil illegally will be impounded, Shawki warned.


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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