Tag Archives | oil smuggling

Contraband Drugs, Oil and Cigarettes Seized

By John Lee. BBC News reports that police at the Italian port of Gioia Tauro (pictured) have seized a huge shipment of the drug Tramadol — which can suppress fatigue — thought to be destined for so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya. The haul had an estimated value of 50 million euros. Italian police have also […]

Murder of Maltese Journalist possibly Linked to Libyan Smuggling

By John Lee. A senior Italian prosecutor has said that there are possible links between the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (pictured) in Malta last week, and an Italian investigation into an illicit fuel-smuggling network spanning Libya, Malta and Italy. Carmelo Zuccaro, who is leading the fuel-smuggling inquiry, told the Guardian he “could […]

Italy Breaks Up Libyan Fuel Smuggling Ring

By John Lee. Italian authorities have reportedly broken up a mafia-related Libyan fuel-smuggling ring, in which at least 30 million euros of diesel was sold around Europe. According to the report from Reuters, the fuel had been stolen from National Oil Corporation (NOC) at refinery in Zawiya, transferred to a larger ship off the coast […]

Coast Guard Sinks Oil Tanker

By John Lee. The Libyan coastguard reportly shelled and sank an oil tanker near the Tunisian border on Friday. According to a report from Maritime Executive, the Comoros-flagged Goeast was loading fuel from an offshore loading pipeline off Abu Kammash when the coast guard approached and attempted to contact it to prepare for boarding and inspection; […]

Libyan Navy Seizes Oil Tanker

By John Lee. The Libyan navy has reportedly seized an oil tanker on Sunday near the country’s maritime border with Tunisia. The Liberian-flagged tanker was detained along with its 20-member Filipino crew off Abu Kamash, 170 kilometers (110 miles) west of Tripoli, on suspicion of fuel smuggling. According to Libya Herald, the tanker is the Levante, […]

Security Council Targets Libyan Fuel Smugglers

The UN Security Council has decided to extend until 15 November 2018 the mandate of its Panel of Experts on Libya — as well as sanctions related to the illicit export of petroleum — while adding “attacks against United Nations personnel” to the criteria for the ongoing travel bans and freezing of assets affecting individuals […]

Eastern NOC Claims Oil Deals with Russia, China

By John Lee. The head the eastern-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) has claimed that his office has signed 29 contracts independently of the Tripoli-based organisation. Naji al-Maghrabi told Reuters that recent contracts included deals with major states such as Russia and China. Russia is reported to be planning to arm eastern-based strongman General Khalifa Haftar […]

Sanalla Hits Out at Fuel Smugglers

The Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) has hit out at fuel smugglers, blaming them for the deaths of Libyans. In a strongly-worded statement, Mustafa Sanalla said: “I was deeply hurt by the story I heard yesterday of a Libyan family who suffocated to death as a result of using charcoal for heating due to […]