The Maltese Government and Transport Malta said they are are investigating the alleged accident involving the Malta registered ship MT Baku, in international waters, off the coast of Libya.
The government has been in continuous contact with the owners of the ship and the Libyan authorities, since Sunday evening when the events started to develop.
Malta, as the flag State of the ship, made immediate representations with the Libyan Government and it was only after its intervention that the ship sailed to outside Maltese territorial waters. The safety of the crew and the ship was of utmost priority throughout the events.
Malta shall continue to pursue the matter with the Libyan authorities in order to ensure that Maltese interests are protected in terms of international maritime law, particularly in terms of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Maltese authorities are informed that the Malta registered vessel was always in international waters and there was never any attempt to call at the port of Es-Sider without prior authorization.