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Turkish tanker seized by militants in Libya

A Turkish product tanker has been seized by an armed group in Libya, with 11 crew members onboard held captive.

According to the Deniz Haber Ajansi news agency, the armed group detained the ship when it was sailing off the coast of Zuwarah city in northwestern Libya. The militants claim the owner of the vessel owes them $430,000 from an oil purchase.

The tanker Haci Telli left the Turkish port of Tuzla for Malta on February 11 and on February 24 arrived at Zuwarah port where it was seized.

The armed group said they will hold the ship until payment is made, otherwise they will sell the ship.

The North African country has been in a vicious civil war since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 with a number of ships and seafarers suffering as a consequence. Last month a car carrier belonging to Eukor was briefly detained by militants in Libya.

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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