Tag Archives | oil smuggling

NOC condemns threats by ‘Smuggling Gangs’

NOC condemns threats by ‘smuggling gangs’ against Brega chairman Imad Benkoura The board of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) has condemned in the strongest terms threats by armed militia in Tripoli against Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) chairman Imad Benkoura. Tripoli militia threatened Mr Benkoura in an attempt to force him to review the decision […]

Oil Smuggling costs Libya $750m/yr

Mustafa Sanalla (pictured), Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), used a keynote speech to the global oil industry to demand a series of measures be taken to save the industry and his country from the significant economic and societal damage wreaked by endemic fuel smuggling. To an audience of industry experts at the inaugural […]

US Sanctions Libyan Oil Smugglers

By John Lee. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned six individuals, 24 entities, and seven vessels for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through the illicit production, refining, brokering, sale, purchase, or export of Libyan oil or for being owned or controlled by designated persons. […]

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, […]