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20 April 2016
Over the past few years the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) has issued a number of orders and circulars informing owners, operators and managers of ships flying the Cyprus flag of restrictions on trade with Libya arising from sanctions imposed by the European Union.
In July 2015 and January 2016 the European Union adopted new legislative instruments concerning restrictive measures against Libya(1) which consolidate and repeal previously issued EU instruments. The DMS has now issued a new circular(2) summarising their requirements.
Cyprus ships may not be used to procure or transport to or from Libya any weapons, ammunition or similar goods, armed mercenary personnel or equipment which could be used for internal repression. There are exemptions for equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use, and for use by UN or similar personnel. Cyprus ships are also prohibited from transporting crude oil, except with prior authorisation from the DMS. Vessels bound to or from Libya are subject to inspection and must provide additional pre-arrival or pre-departure information if visiting a port in Cyprus.
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