Middle East

Morning Glory crew released, cargo returned. What next for the ship?

Cairo: The oil tanker which loaded an illegal shipment of crude from the blockaded eastern port of Sidra in early March has finally unloaded its cargo at Zawia refinery.

The unloading of the oil, understood to amount to some 230,000 barrels, was completed Saturday morning.

The Morning Glory was apprehended by US forces off the coast of Cyprus on 17 March, after the vessel fled into international waters with its illicitly-obtained cargo.

The crew, six Pakistanis – including the Captain – six Indians, three Sri Lankans, two Syrians, two Sudanese and two Eritreans, were released on Friday.

It is also not known what will become of the vessel now it is empty. Owned by Dubai interests and flying a now revoked North Korean flag of convenience the 30,000 dwt ship’s future is unclear. [06/04/14]

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