CAIRO – The first ship to arrive at the Libyan port since 2012 bore an Italian name; and with it the resumption of Tripoli Port’s sea traffic. The news appeared in the online media source The Libya Observer.
The docking of the Grande Sicilia, which sailed from Belgium with 1,457 vehicles on board, took place on Wednesday. The ship was received by the Libyan Interior Minister, Abdul Salam Ashour, the Finance Minister, Osama Hammad, and the head of the Customs Department, Tariq al-Faqih, in addition to other port officials.
The head of the Port Management Committee, Salem Badir, said that the Grande Sicilia was the first ship to dock at the port in six years (a period marked by the upheaval that followed the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011).According to the Libyan news site, Badir pointed out that the Tripoli Port will begin receiving cargo ships on a daily basis despite limited capabilities, due to the lack of maintenance to platforms and other facilities.