Controversial Vessel Up For Sale
The M/T Morning Glory has been put up for auction by the Libyan government. The tanker was seized by U.S. Special Forces off Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean in March 2014. The state-less vessel’s crew was discovered transporting crude oil from Es Sider to a Libyan port held by anti-government rebels. The ship is set to be auctioned on September 10.
Prior to the incident, the Morning Glory was sold to a Libyan national close to Eastern Federalist leader Ibrahim Jathran, who had seized control of three Libyan ports in 2013.
Jathran ended his blockade of the port a few weeks after the failed attempt to export oil and is now allied with Libya's official government in Tripoli.