The Libyan navy reportedly fired on Sunday at a tanker that tried to enter a militia-held port in Eastern Libya to load crude oil illegally. The tanker refused orders to change course, and fled Libyan waters, apparently toward Malta.
The interesting aspect of the event is that the tanker in question doesn’t seem to be a rusting bolt-bucket of uncertain parentage, but rather a ship owned by a respected Turkish shipping company, which has a large, modern fleet and does business all over the world.
There is no reason to suspect that the Turkish company is involved in the skullduggery off the Libyan coast. The question is who is involved: Continue reading “Great news: Maritime lawlessness back in the Med”