Reported by Magnesianews.gr
After officially leaving the port of Gezbe, south of Istanbul on 16 January, the Turkish cargo ship Alexandretta arrived in Volos last Thursday 24 January. According to MagnesiaNews the ship left Turkey bound for Libya and stopped in Volos to refuel. The ship declared its cargo. Acting on the declaration the Port police and customs officials found three declared containers of hunting rifles, ammunition and “other military hardware”. The ship is being held in port because of a EU directive prohibiting the shipment of arms to war zones.
There is confusion whether the destination of the ship was Libya or Syria.
What makes the story as reported strange is why would a ship bound for Libya make a 224 mile (360 km) diversion (midAegean-Volos-midAegean) just to refuel?
The distance Gezbe-Volos is 386 miles. At 5.5 mph top speed the Alexandretta would need 3 days to get from Gezbe to Volos. The ship should have arrived on Saturday 19 January but port records say arrival in Volos was 24 January. So there are 4 days when the ship was busy doing something else. It could not have made it from Turkey to Libya and back to Volos in that timeframe.
The Alexandretta is listed as a dry cargo ship capable of carry loose material (sand, grain, scrap iron) in the hold and containers on deck. Top speed 5.5 knots (really slow).
Any guesses about what the Alexandretta was/is up to?