03 Dec 2020

Operation IRINI inspected a Panama-flagged vessel

Yesterday morning, December 2, Operation IRINI boarded and inspected the cooperative Vessel (MV) MEDKON GEMLIK, a Panama-flagged general Cargo vessel – in application of the United Nation Security Council’s Resolutions 2292 (2016) and  2526 (2020) – concerning the arms embargo on Libya.

The vessel departed from Port of Borusan (Turkey) on 20  November and was directed to Misrata (Libya).

The team of the Italian OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) Cigala Fulgosi boarded the vessel in international waters, approximately 130 nautical miles North of the port of Benghazi.

The boarding team checked the available documentation on board and inspected the cargo.

Nothing suspicious was found and the vessel was declared free to proceed on its way.

The procedure went smoothly and the boarding took place in a collaborative atmosphere of both the master and the crew.

All recommended COVID-19 precautions were observed during the activity.

This is the sixth boarding activity since the start of the operation.

This activity in international waters is part of the Operation’s mandate.