Albanian authorities on Monday (20 February) blocked a Liberian-registered ship carrying suspected Russian-origin diesel oil in an operation that ended with the arrest of the 22-strong crew, according to Albanian police.
Albanian police said in an operation called “Embargo”, some 22,500 tonnes of diesel oil were seized in the coastal town of Durres, after the ship was attempting to smuggle the oil cargo to Albania with forged documents.
From initial investigations, Albanian authorities suspected that the oil cargo was taken from Russia.
“The vessel started its journey from Azerbaijan and claimed to have been supplied with oil in Kalamata, Greece, from another ship,” police said in a statement.
Based on “reasonable suspicions” as there was no proper documentation available, authorities then proceeded to seize the oil cargo.
Disclaimer: The original statement by the Albanian police was written in its native language. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.
Photo credit: Albanian police
Published: 22 February, 2022
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