The car carrier Morning Compass was released by the Marshal Khalifa Hafter militants after being searched for weapons. Also the militants held a detailed check of the documents of the cargo. The ship was detained for two days and released early this morning to continue the voyage to Misrata. The crew included 12 Filipinos, 10 Bulgarians and 2 Ukrainians, who were in good health and without reported injuries. The ship is expected to reach its port of destination on Wednesday evening, from where will be received more accurate information for the accident and the Libyan militants check.
“The South Korean ship, Morning Compass, which was traveling to reach its final destination of Germany, was captured by the Libyan Navy some 1,400 kilometers east of Misrata in the North African state’s northwest region at 5 p.m. on Saturday”, said the South Korean foreign ministry. “The ship was set free at 7:54 a.m., Tuesday (Libyan time), and is now sailing normally. There were no South Korean sailors on board of the ship”, added the statement.
The vehicle carrier Morning Compass was seized by Marshal Khalifa Hafter militants in eastern Libyan waters off Susah. The ship was carrying 5,107 Korean KIA and Hyundai cars on board en route to Misrata.
The car carrier Morning Compass (IMO: 9441611) has length of 200.00 m, beam of 32.00 m and summer draft of 9.90 m. The ship has deadweight of 21,000 DWT and gross tonnage of 58,767 GRT. The ship is operated by car carrier EUКOR and managed by Stamco Shipmanagement.