Libyan Ports Shut Down Due to Violence

Trade sources report that communication with Libyan ports has become impossible.

Shipping agents are unable to make contact with port officials in the country, leaving trade at a stand still.

John Bader, directors of UK agents for the Italian shipping line Tarros Spa told Reuters that Tripoli, Benghazi, and Misurata ports had been closed.

Bader also told Reuters that they would not be sending ships into the region until the violent outbreaks had eased.

France’s major shipping group, CMA CGM said in a statement Tuesday that, “Due to a general insurrection in some Libyan cities since last week, all ports and terminals are temporarily closed.” The company also said that they are “following with great concern the events taking place in Libya.”

The company also reports that an Emergency Response Team has been set up to follow the situation and its third party agent, OSCL who represents them in Libya has temporarily closed its offices in Misurata, Khoms, and Benghazi. The OSCL office in Tripoli remains open but with a “skeleton staff.”

The company also states that they will continue to accept bookings to Libya, with the exception of hazardous cargo. CMA CGM says transit times are not guaranteed and cargo destined to Libya will be stored in Malta, 12 hours away to more easily resume delivery when the situation improves.