Eight crewmembers of the explosives-packed freighter Andromeda, currently held in Greece, were remanded in custody on Tuesday.
The crew of two Ukrainians, five Indians and one Albanian national were charged with violating laws on supplying groups with weapons and explosives and disruption of ship safety.
Coastguard officers said that the ship, which set sail from Turkey and was reportedly bound for Libya, was loaded with 29 crates of explosives and materials that could be used to construct bombs, such as detonators, ammonium nitrate and a special gel.
Authorities also identified 102 safety concerns relating to the ship’s seaworthiness. The shipping ministry is now expected to take immediate steps to remove the 410 tons of explosives found and confiscated on the Andromeda from Heraklion port in Crete.
According to sources, the ministry has contacted the armed forces and is arranging for the transfer of the dangerous cargo to a special army warehouse.
Meanwhile, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, on Sunday pledged to reveal details of the Libyan ship.
“The international decision to ban the export of arms is clear and explicit. The experts team will do its work professionally and impartially to clarify the truth of Andromeda and others,” Salame tweeted. “Libya needs security and peace, not detonators or explosives,” he added.
The UN Security Council has banned the sale or supply of arms to Libya since 2011. Accordingly, the European Union has also issued a directive that bans the sale or transportation of weapons and explosives to the North African country.
Libya’s divided eastern and western authorities have been demanding the lifting of the arms sanctions.