Libyan Navy seizes tanker suspected of smuggling fuelStaff Writer | March 16, 2018
Naval forces affiliated with Libya’s UN-backed unity government have seized an oil tanker suspected of smuggling fuel out of the country.
Shipping Roughly 13 kilometers north of the island of Farwa
According to the statement, the tanker was flying the Togolese flag - and carrying an eight-member crew of Greek nationals - when it was intercepted and seized.
The statement did not say when exactly the seizure took place.
In April of last year, the Libyan Navy seized two oil tankers - flying Ukrainian and Congolese flags respectively - which had been carrying a total of some 4,500 tons of smuggled fuel.
In recent years, Libya, one of Africa’s largest oil producers, has struggled to rein in rampant fuel smuggling to neighboring countries, both by sea and by land. ■