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Tanker arrested in Libya, accused of smuggling fuel

An elderly bunkering tanker was arrested and held by the Libyan Coast Guard on Saturday, suspected of smuggling fuel. 12 crew – a mix of Turkish, Azerbaijanis and Ukrainians – have been held too.

The 1975-built, Sierra Leone-flagged tanker was carrying 1.6m litres of gasoline.

Libya, in a fierce civil war for more than five years, has seen oil output slashed. The internationally recognised government has repeatedly warned of severe penalties for anyone caught taking oil from the country without official permission. This stance has even seen tankers bombed by the nation’s airforce.

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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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