Government revokes registration of two Tanzanian-flagged ships

Tanzania has revoked the registration of two Tanzanian-flagged ships that were seized last week by the Greek authorities while heading to Libya.

The ships were reported to be fully loaded with materials used to make explosives.

Tanzania’s Vice-President Samia Suluhu told reporters that the government had authorised both the American and Greece coastguards to seize and inspect the vessels which she says were carrying illegal materials.

Ms Suluhu added that the government was shocked by the news considering the country has been steadfast in its effort to combat drugs and illegal arms.

The two vessels were registered in Tanzania through the Zanzibar Maritime Authority which also has the mandate to register foreign ships.

She said that the government would form joint committee with officials from the Zanzibar island to review previous contracts of all Tanzanian flagged vessels.

The committee’s findings will then advise the government.

The European Union and UN-imposed arms embargoes have prohibited the sale, supply or transfer of arms to Libya since 2011.