The rival government based in eastern Libya has set up its own National Oil Corporation (NOC) and shipped its first cargo of crude oil in defiance of the recognized government in the capital Tripoli.
Tripoli have asked the U.N. Security Council to blaclist the India-flagged Distya Ameya tanker. The tanker left the eastern Libya port of Hariga yesterday carrying 650,000 barels of crude.
Maltese national TV said the ship was in international waters near Malta. The island’s Port Directorate said the tanker was not authorized to dock there and requests would be refused.
“We are concerned about purchases of Libyan oil outside of legitimate channels,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday, emphasizing that all sales should go through the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation.