>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 2)

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As Libya plunges more into a kaos and heads towards a potential civil / tribal war the efforts to evacuate Turkish citizens from Libya continues.

According to news coming from Libya the airport of Benghazi is destroyed. Thus evacuation from the sea seems to be one of the possibilities. The other one is over land transport in coaches to the Egyptian border. This is clearly the most dangerous option.

the above map shows the last know locations of the two fast ferries on their way to Libya. This information is almost one hour old as I write it. It was reported that, one of them is heading to Derna and the other one is heading to Trablus. Estimated time of arrival in Derna is 4 hours and in Trablus is 15 hours. This informaiton is taken from http://www.marinetraffic.com.

There is still no word neither from the Turkish General Staff nor from the Turkish Navy about the frigates and security teams dedicated to this evacuation mission. In similar evacuation missions the naval special forces teams were used to provide the security of the ships and the civilians in the harbour.

In the meantime it was announced that Turkey will send two more ferries to Libya. The ferries M/F Ankara and M/F Samsun are civilian sisters of A-1600 TCG Iskenderun. It will take 40 hours until they arrive in Libya. Each of the can carry 800 passengers.

Ship
Capacity
Speed
TCG Iskenderun
800
15
M/F Osman Gazi
1200
33
M/F Orhan Gazi
1200
33
M/F Samsun
800
15
M/F Ankara
800
15
Bosphorus Naval News

25.000 Turkish citizens are estimated to be in Libya. With a total capacity of 2.800 passengers, each ship has to make at least ten round trips to evacuate all Turkish nationals in Libya plus any foreigners that wish to join.

 

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8 Responses to >The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    >One missing point is these vessels have large areas dedicated for car transport. The given passenger numbers are without the usage of these vast spaces also avalaible for indivudial transport. though 25000 is still a big number…

  2. Saturn 5 says:

    >Yes, it is possible to use the car deck to accommodate people. How ever it is reported that the car deck of M/F Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi is loaded with spare fuel for the return trip. We do not know that is loaded into the car decks of other ferries.

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