By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 1 September 2015:
A Libya-bound cargo vessel has been detained by Greek coastguards in Crete on suspicion of . . .[restrict]transporting weapons from Turkey, in defiance of the UN arms embargo.
The coastguard gave no details of the shipment, but told the news agency AP that the freighter, the Bolivian-registered Haddad 1, did not have the proper documentation for the weaponry.
The seven crew from Syria, Egypt and India were taken of the 66-metre vessel this morning and are being held for questioning in the north Cretan port of Heraklion. Their ship is this evening being sailed by coastguards to that port, where it is due to undergo a thorough search tomorrow,
The web site Marinetraffic.com shows that its last port of call was Iskenderun in Turkey. It destination was given as Misrata.
The Haddad 1 has undergone a number of name changes since it was built in 1976, being called the Arhon before her current name. Judging by its course, the freighter appears to have been intercepted by the coastguards to the south east of Crete. It then headed first for southern port of Lerapetra before being sailed east around the coast toward Heraklion.