Tanker explosion, crew injured, Libya UPDATE seized by Libyan Gov

Mar 23: Tanker arrived at Benghazi on Mar 13 from UAE, allegedly with cargo of jet oil for Libyan National Army (LNA), adversary of Libyan Government of National Accord LGNA. Tanker left Benghazi on Mar 16, went off AIS radars on Mar 18, being in Gulf of Sidra, and reappeared on Mar 22, issuing distress signal. LGNA in its’ statement said, that tanker was seized by LGNA in the evening Mar 22, to be taken to LGNA-controlled port for investigation. As of morning Mar 23, tanker was already in Misrata waters. Not clear what happened, and whether there was an explosion or not.

Mar 22: Chemical tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4 suffered explosion in engine room at around 1630 UTC Mar 22 in vicinity 32 00N 015 55E, off Libyan coast, Mediterranean. Unknown number of crew injured, understood in need of medical assistance. Tanker understood to be disabled, drifting. She was engaged in operations in Gulf of Sidra since Mar 16 after leaving Benghazi Libya.
Chemical tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4, IMO 9439345, dwt 13000, built 2009, flag Liberia, manager GULF SHIPPING SERVICES FZC, UAE.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.