Tanzania: Queries Linger Over Seized Ship's Status

January 13, 2018

AUTHORITIES in Tanzania are making a follow-up on reports of a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship christened 'Andromeda' which was seized in Greece with materials used in making explosives, reportedly destined to Libya.

The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions in the year 2011 prohibiting the sale, export and transfer of arms to the crisis-stricken Libya.

'I cannot comment much at the moment but the government of Tanzania is aware of the reports and we are making efforts to get more details,' Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Susan Kolimba, told 'Daily News' in a telephone interview yesterday.

Dr Kolimba added further that it was not yet clear whether the vessel had been registered in Tanzania Mainland or Zanzibar.

According to reports from Athens, the ship approached Crete in Greece on January 6, this year, with eight crew members, including two Ukrainians, five Indians and one Albanian national on board. Registration of ocean going vessels in Tanzania Mainland is overseen by the Surface and Maritime Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) while in Zanzibar it is supervised by the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA).