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Situation Report: Maritime Security in Libya
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Situation Report: Maritime Security in Libya

Situation Report: Maritime Security in Libya

© CSO Alliance, 2020

THIS IS A SITUATION REPORT TO INFORM OUR MEMBERS/SUBSCRIBERS OF AN EVOLVING SITUATION. THUS THE INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS CONTAINED HEREIN MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SUMMARY
  • January 09 – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly bans ships from calling to Misurata and Al Khums
  • January 12 – The LNA claims it has seized an Italian cargo vessel off Misurata.
  • January 14 – Khalifa HAFTAR walks out of peace talks in Moscow  

JANUARY 09
The LNA released official statements banning vessels from calling at the Libyan ports of Misurata and Al Khums, warning that vessels that called at these ports would be “a legitimate target of the Libyan National Army” [translated].

JANUARY 12
  • The LNA claims to have seized an Italian cargo ship at Misurata Port and taken it to LNA-controlled Bengazi to be searched for any military equipment. It further stated that if no arms were found, the vessel would be released.
  • Based on the time/location, if a vessel was seized it is likely the GRANDE BALTIMORE, a Grimaldi car carrier (IMO # 9784037).
  • However, the accuracy of the report is in question, as the GRANDE BALTIMORE was reportedly already offloaded when it reached Misurata.
  • An alternative explanation for the LNA statements is that it is rather intended to warn the shipping industry to heed its January 09 ban, and to serve as a warning to avoid calling at ports controlled by the UN-recognized government. 

JANUARY 14
  • LNA-leader General HAFTAR walked out of Russian-brokered peace talks without signing a ceasefire agreement that Fayez AL-SARRAJ (head of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) had signed.
  • Eastern-based LNA forces posted on social media that they were “ready and determined” to achieve victory in their campaign to seize Tripoli.
  • In response, Turkish President ERDOGAN – who supports the GNA – stating Turkey would “teach a lesson” to HAFTAR if the Tripoli offensive was resumed.

© CSO Alliance, 2020