Greece's coastguard said on Wednesday that it had intercepted a ship carrying explosive materials from Turkey to Libya, described as a "moving bomb", according to Agence France Presse.
"The [Greek] coastguard has deactivated a moving bomb," said state agency ANA quoting coastguard rear admiral Yiannis Sotiriou.
It was understood that the ship was loaded with 29 containers full of ammonium nitrate, non-electric detonators and 11 empty liquefied petroleum gas tanks, which rear admiral Ioannis Argiriou said it could be used "for all sorts of work, from work in quarries to making bombs and acts of terrorism."
A preliminary investigation by the Greek coastguard has revealed that the ship’s captain had been ordered by the vessel's owner to sail to Libya’s western port city of Misrata to unload and deliver the entire cargo. The bill of lading showed that the cargo had been loaded in the Turkish ports of Mersin and Iskenderum.
The bill showed that the cargo was destined for Djibouti and Oman yet no shipping maps were found on the ship's logbook for the Djibouti nor Oman areas, the coastguard has said. Reuters reported that the eight-member crew has been arrested and will appear before a prosecutor on Thursday.