Cairo: Libya’s bitter civil war has taken the life of another seafarer. A Turkish general cargo vessel came under artillery and aerial attacks off the coast of Libya’s port city of Tobruk on Sunday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said. The ship’s Turkish third officer was killed and other crewmembers were injured.
The Cook Islands-flagged Tuna 1 (built 1996, 5,312 dwt) was attacked in international waters some 13 miles off the coast of the North African nation. The ship, owned by Arda Group, was heading from Spain and is now en route to Valletta in Malta.
Turkey “strongly condemns” the attack and reserves its legal rights to seek compensation, the foreign ministry said.
Two crew were killed on January 5 when the 26,000 dwt tanker Araevo (built 1991), owned by Greece’s Aegean Oil, was bombed off the Port of Derna in Libya.