Authorities in Greece have seized a Tanzanian-flagged ship off its coast at Crete heading for Libya carrying explosive-making materials. The vessel was detected by Greek coastguard and was discovered to be carrying 29 containers carrying materials including ammonium nitrate, non-electric detonators and 11 empty liquefied petroleum gas tanks.
This is the second Tanzanian – flagged ship that is falling foul of the law in recent weeks after Dutch Naval forces intercepted another vessel. 1,600 kilos of cocaine were found on the ship.
According to ship manifest, the cargo had been loaded at the Turkish ports of Mersin and Iskenderun and was destined for Djibouti and Oman. However, upon investigation, it was discovered that the captain had been ordered by the vessel’s owner to sail to Misara, a Libyan city where the entire cargo would be offloaded.
No shipping maps were found on the ship’s logbook for the Djibouti and Oman areas, the coastguard said. The eight-member crew has been arrested and are expected to appear before a prosecutor.
The apprehension of the vessel is very critical seeing as intelligence reports have been speculating that Libya and North Africa is a likely haven for ISIS and as such the materials could be used to create IEDs and VBIEDs that would be used by the terrorists.