Ferry released after search
The "Morning Compass" was released on Feb 21, at 7.54 a.m. LT after the vessel was searched for weapons. The ship was now heading for Misrata. There were 5107 KIA and Hyundai cars on board, 3,500 new cars and 1,500 second-hand. The ship had been held captive by Libyan militants. The vessel, which is chartered by Eukor Car Carriers, was subject to a check of its cargo and for weapons. The crew of 12 Filipinos, 10 Bulgarians and two Ukrainians were unharmed. The ship, which was travelling to reach its final destination of Germany, was captured by the Libyan Navy some 1,400 km east of Misurata on Feb 18 at 5 p.m. after failing to heed warnings that it was sailing in restricted waters.
Car carrier nabbed by militants
The "Morning Compass" was seized by militants of Marshal Khalifa Hafter, a strongman from Susah in Eastern Libya, in Libyan waters, while enroute from Incheon to Misrata with more than 5,000 Korean KIA and Hyundai cars on board. The aims of the militants were unclear. They warned vessel not to enter Libyan waters before boarding it on Feb 18, 2017. The ship was towed into Ras Al-Hilal port to be scoured by the navy personnel. Report with photos: https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/dignity-operation-seizes-foreign-commercial-ship-en-route-misrataUpload News