Cairo: The Libyan navy has turned away a tanker loading a port controlled by seperatists.
The National Oil Corp said the Maltese flagged ship was stopped and told to leave the country.
"The Libyan navy….dealt on Sunday with a Malta-flagged tanker which tried entering Es-Sider port in cooperation with an illegal group to load and smuggle crude oil," NOC said in a statement.
Tripoli has lost control of three ports in the east of the country – Es-Sider, Ras Lanuf and Zuweitina – for nearly six months with the country’s oil production plummeting as a result and the government repeatedly warning ships that enter those ports might face military strikes. [07/01/14]