Cook Islands-flagged ship safe

Thursday February 20, 2020 Written by Published in Economy
The Cook Islands registered vessel Ayla. 20021908/ Bernard Delmont The Cook Islands registered vessel Ayla. 20021908/ Bernard Delmont

The Cook Islands registered Turkish cargo ship and its crew are safe after a military attack on the port it has berthed in Tripoli, Libya.

 

There have been reports that MV Ayla was caught in the middle of firefight between Libyans and Turkey.

But vessel captain Mohjazi Youssef told Cook Islands News that the ship was still at the port in Tripoli, Libya and all the crew were in good condition.

The Libyan government had decided to pull out from peace talks with the rival Libyan National Army whose forces alleged to have shelled a terminal at the port that sparked an explosion.

The vessel arrived at the port on February 15 from Istanbul.

The Maritime Executive, a maritime and marines news website, reported that the attacks killed three civilians and wounded five more.

The Libya National Army alleged that the vessel MV Ayla was carrying arms.

Maritime security consultancy Dryad Global believes there is a high threat to shipping in Tripoli in the short term, and advised vessels and personnel to avoid the port.

Glenn Armstrong, the director of Maritime Cook Islands, on Tuesday was unaware of the Libyan group’s claims but said they were looking into it.

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