G.N.M.T.C official statement on tanker BADR seizure

Urgent Statement on the developments of the carrier “BADR” At Burgas anchorage at 14:04 on the afternoon of Friday, 21 December 2018:
Armed men (some purporting to be Bulgarian border police) boarded MT BADR – a vessel within the fleet of the General National Maritime Transport Company of Libya. The vessel’s captain and crew were then forced to immediately disembark the ship. No legal documentation, court order or warrant was provided to justify or support this action – the crew were simply ordered from the ship at gunpoint, under threat of violence. The vessel’s communications/ AIS were then immediately cut, meaning that neither the vessel’s owners nor any legitimate authority can now contact or track the whereabouts of the ship.
This is not only a criminal act, but also a flagrant violation of all international laws. It is furthermore in direct contravention of a ruling of the Bulgarian Supreme Court, which ordered the Vessel’s release in January of 2018.
This order was ignored by the Port Authority of Burgas, meaning that the vessel has since been improperly detained. We, the rightful and legal owners of MT BADR, remain in constant contact with all relevant bodies and maritime organizations – both in Bulgaria and internationally – seeking an immediate halt to this corruption and criminal activity.
Issued in Tripoli Saturday Dec 22
National General Maritime Transporting Company (G.N.M.T.C )

Crude oil tanker BADR, IMO 9356426, dwt 116075, built 2008, flag Libya, manager General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) Libya.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.