Tanker detained in Libya

Tanker detained in Libya

Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and Greece are trying to get in contact with the crew of the Temeteron, which was arrested in Libyan waters on Tuesday, accused of taking benzene illegally out of the country. The ship and crew were moved to Tripoli.

“The embassy staff, which is temporarily based in Tunis, is trying to quickly clarify the circumstances of the incident,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday.

Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) has warned any ship taking fuel exports from organisations other than NOC will be arrested.

Libya has been in a bitter civil war for more than five years with rival factions laying claim to the nation’s vast oil wealth. Seafarers have often been in the firing line during this bitter fighting with ships strafed and arrested for taking cargoes deemed contraband.

Last September, another Russian tanker, Mekhanik Chebotarev, was arrested in Libyan waters.

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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