The Seachance, a tanker that had been blocked from loading oil for three weeks, is now loading 600,000 barrels of oil for shipment to the UK, both port and oil officials said.
|Exports from Hariga were blocked earlier this month as the result of a dispute between the eastern and western-based rival National Oil Companies (NOC). The two heads of the rival NOCs met in Vienna and reached an agreement in principle to resume shipments. Earlier, at the end of April, the eastern branch had loaded the Indian-flagged Distya Ameya with oil that was not exported through the Tripoli-based NOC that is recognized by international trades and governments as the sole legitimate exporter of Libyan oil. The tanker was blacklisted by the UN and eventually returned from near Malta, where it could not land, to a western Libyan port under control of the Government of National Accord (GNA) with which the Tripoli-based company cooperates. Blocking the Seachance from loading was probably a response to the actions taken against the Ameya. The Seachance is a Maltese-flagged tanker and the oil it is to load was sold to Glencore for export to the UK.|
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