Swiss oil continues to supply from Libya despite row

The association's director said that a tanker with crude oil destined for Switzerland was offloaded in Genoa, Italy, on Friday and Saturday and a further tanker with 80,000 tonnes of crude oil is being shipped

Swiss oil continues to supply from Libya despite row
Libyan oil deliveries to Switzerland are proceeding normally and have not suffered any interruptions, despite a move by Libyan shipping workers to suspend them, the Swiss Petroleum Association said.

A tanker with crude oil destined for Switzerland was offloaded in Genoa, Italy, on Friday and Saturday and a further tanker with 80,000 tonnes of crude oil is being shipped, the association's director, Rolf Hartl, told Reuters.

A row erupted between Switzerland and Libya after the arrest on July 15 of a son of leader Muammar Gaddafi in Geneva.

In response, workers of Libya's state-owned Maritime Transport National Corporation announced Libya had halted oil exports to Switzerland and all ships carrying Swiss-made goods were barred from unloading their cargoes at Libyan ports.

"Technically these (oil) shipments were never interrupted. A tanker is shipping oil to Genoa three to four times per month. In this sequence, there haven't been any interruptions," Hartl said.

Hannibal Gaddafi, who together with his wife was charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees, was freed on bail after two days in detention and denied the charges, his lawyer has said.

On Tuesday, Libya released two Swiss nationals who had been detained.

Hartl said last week that Libya provided about 50,000 barrels of Switzerland's 250,000 barrels per day oil consumption.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2008, 20:42
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