The Tanzanian-flagged, Indian-crewed vessel was headed to Misrata. A coastal city in Libya’s west, Misrata (also Misurata) had been relatively quiet as the rest of the country experienced anarchy since the Western and Islamist overthrow of its previous leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. A notable exception was last month when the city’s mayor was kidnapped and killed.
Greek authorities say they have impounded a Tanzanian-flagged freighter and arrested its crew for allegedly carrying explosives to Libya in breach of an international ban.
The Merchant Marine Ministry says the Andromeda was stopped off the southern Greek island of Crete over the weekend following a tip and escorted to a Cretan port for an inspection.
It was found to be carrying 29 shipping containers of explosives and detonators, which according to the ship’s papers had been loaded in Turkey and were destined for the east African port of Djibouti.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Greece (GR) is estimated to have a population of 10.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 0.2 million.