On 9th May, Maritime Executive carried a story saying that a leading marine insurer has warned that tanker operators should take care in planning voyages to Libya and should make sure that their crews are informed of the risk of arrest.  It seems that almost 300 seafarers have been arrested by the Tripoli-based government of Libya on charges of oil smuggling over the last several years, and they remain in prison awaiting trial.  Black market petroleum smuggling is a serious problem in Libya, and as the government attempts to crack down on illegal activity, foreign vessels may find themselves caught up in enforcement actions.  Tankers suspected of calling certain loading areas in Western Libya risk being boarded by the Libyan Navy.  The loading areas currently at risk are mostly located offshore between Zawiya and the Tunisian border.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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