The Turkish tanker Haci Telli was seized by Libyan militants at Zuwarah city in northwest part of the country. The vessel left the port of Tuzla on February 11 and on February 24 docked at Zuwarah, where was immediately seized for commercial dispute, as the shipowner delayed payment of 430,000 USD to local company for oil supplies. The armed group of militants boarded the vessel and said that they will hold the ship until the payment is made, or otherwise will sell the tanker. The situation is unclear, but the 11 seamen on board of the tanker are blocked on board of the vessel.
During the incident on board of the tanker there were 11 seamen. The people are in good health but it is unknown what are their provisions and how long will stay detained in the port of Zuwarah. The seamen are not arrested, but cannot leave the tanker Haci Telli and practically the blocked on board of the ship until the problem is resolved.
Turkish tanker Haci Telli (IMO: 9353163) has overall length of 81.42 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,818 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,949 GRT. The vessel was built in 2006 by Sahin Celik Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.