Libya: Tanker arrives to upload oil from rebel-controlled port

04/11/2011
Eric WatkinsOil Diplomacy EditorThe MT Equator, a Suezmax tanker chartered by Geneva-based oil trader Vitol SA, arrived in early April in the rebel-held port of Marsa el-Hariga in eastern Libya, aiming to take on up to 1 million bbl of oil for export."The significance is not only that this is the first shipment in 18 days, but also a signal that Libya is open to international trade and shipping," said Michelle Wiese Bockmann, markets editor of Lloyd's List shipping newspaper.More to the point, a delivery from Marsa el-Hariga would bring in significant funds for forces opposed to the rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi even as government forces today continued to attack rebels ...
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