Eastern NOC Fights Back as It Blocks Tanker Loading

The eastern National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya has struck back to its rival Tripoli-based NOC by preventing the Maltese-flagged oil tanker Seachance to load cargo at the Hariga oil export terminal earlier this week.

Specifically, the workers at Marsa el-Hariga port in eastern Libya were ordered not to load the tanker by the eastern company, a port official is quoted by Reuters as saying.

As disclosed, Seachance was due to be loaded on April 26-28 and its inability to do so or the port’s closure, could push down Libya’s production by 120,000 barrels per day.

Based on the ship’s last AIS data from Marine Traffic, the 2004-built tanker left Tobruk on Monday and is underway using engine.

The move follows the dispute from last week when Tripoli’s NOC requested UN Security Council’s blacklisting of the Indian-flagged tanker Distya Ameya for carrying ‘illicit’ oil cargo from the parallel Beida government.

Distya Ameya had loaded 650,000 barrels of crude oil that was being shipped by the country’s eastern government for UAE-based DSA Consultancy FZC.

However, having been blacklisted in the meantime, the ship had to head back to Libya after being denied port entrance to Malta due to the designation.

This was the first attempt of the eastern NOC to export oil independently after months of trying to secure a tanker.

World Maritime News Staff

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