Greek Coast Guard seizes explosives-packed freighter bound for Libya

Greek coastguard impound Tanzanian-flagged freighter with tons of explosives

Greek Authorities Impound Libya-Bound Ship Carrying Explosives

A Turkish freighter, loaded with 29 containers of explosives and other materials that could be used to construct bombs used in terrorist attacks, were seized while sailing to Libya, the Greek coastguard said on Wednesday according to The Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA). A large quantity of explosive agent ammonium nitrate, detonators, and 11 empty petroleum gas tanks were found on the ship.

This is the second Tanzanian - flagged ship that is falling foul of the law in recent weeks after another vessel was intercepted by Dutch Naval forces.

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The Tanzania Zanzibar International Register of Shipping (TZRIS) that is responsible for registering foreign ships is yet to respond to both incidents. However, the ministry's statement noted that the freighter's captain was later ordered by the owner to change course and transfer the cargo to Misrata, a port-city in northwestern Libya. The ship's bill of lading claimed it was bound for Djibouti and Oman after taking on cargo in Mersin and Iskenderun, Turkey.

No shipping maps were found on the ship's logbook for the Djibouti and Oman areas, the coastguard said.

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