Navy SEALs take tanker, foiling Libya rebel attempt to sell oil

|By:, SA News Editor

U.S. Navy SEALs seize a diverted oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Cyprus, thwarting an attempt by a breakaway Libyan militia to sell its contents on the black market, the Pentagon says.

The tanker had sailed last week from the Libyan port of Es Sider with a cargo of crude, and after leaving Libyan waters it appeared to have sailed the Mediterranean in search of a buyer for its oil.

The crude from Es Sider was produced by a joint venture between Libya’s National Oil Corp., Hess (HES), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Marathon Oil (MRO).