>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 7)

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A-1600 TCG Iskenderun.

According to the Ministryof Foreign Affairs, civilian ferries M/F Samsun and M/F Ankara areheading to Tripoli to pick up evacuees.

In the meantime the fastferries M/F Osman Gazi and M/F Orhan Gazi, left Marmaris for a secondround and are heading to Libya again.

M/F Osman Gazi will dock inMisurata and M/F Orhan Gazi will dock in Ras Lanuf. Both ships areexpected to arrive at their destines ports in the morning of 28.February 2010.

F-245 TCG Oruçreis loadedwith 210 evacuees is sprinting to Marmaris. TCG Oruçreis was alsoproviding protection to the A-1600 TCG Iskenderun the naval passengercarrier. TCG Iskenderun has left Libya with 1528 persons on board.427 of these evacuees are from 25 different nations.

M/F Ankara. Civilian sister of TCG Iskenderun

Now the Turkish MoFAannounced that F-240 TCG Yavuz will escort TCG Iskenderun during herjourney to Marmaris. TCG Oruçreis is expected to arrive in Marmaristhis afternoon. The TCG Iskenderun will reach Marmaris aroundmidnight.

The Turkish MoFA alsostated that during their stay in the Libyan ports and during thereturn trip the civilian ferries will be protected by SAT teams ofTurkish naval special forces.

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>Russia Wants Turkish Warships To Escort Ferry From Libya

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Photo:Fabry Pagliara

According to Voice Of Russia news portal, Russia’s Emergency Minister Sergei Shoygu wants a Turkish warship to escort the ferry M/F Sveti Stefan II, evacuating Russians and citizens of other countries from Libya’s Ras Lanuf port.

The Montenegrin ferry was chartered by Russian Federation and she is on her way to Libya. Russia expects Libya to let the vessel enter  the port Ras Lanuf, where she is awaited by 1126 people, including 124 Russians.

Which one of the Turkish warships will escort the ferry is not clear at the moment.

>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 6 – UPDATED)

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TCG Iskenderun in Benghazi. Courtesy of Turkish General Staff
Today, on 26 February2010, frigate F-245 TCG Oruçreis and ferry TCG Iskenderun leftBenghazi with 1738 people on board.
TCG Oruçreis has 210person, 122 Turkish 90 from USA, Bosnia, Poland, Serbia, Macedoniaand Romania.
TCG Iskenderun has 1528person on board, 1099 Turkish, 427 from Vietnam, Bosnia, Macedonia,South Korea, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland, Syria, Tunisia,Jordan, Morocco, Thailand, USA, Philippines, Iraq, Pakistan, India,Italy, Canada, Libya, Lebanon, United Kingdom, Romania and Algeria.
Both ships left Libya inthe morning. They are expected to arrive in Marmaris on 28 February,Monday, in the morning. 

TCG Oruçreis in Benghazi. Courtesy of Turkish General Staff

It is not clear at the moment whether the other Turkish frigate in the region are going to embark passengers too.

In the meantime civilian ferries M/F Ankara and M/F Samsun have resumed their journey towards Libya after the gale in the Mediterranean has weakened. They are expected to arrive in Libya tomorrow.
The fast ferries M/F Orhan Gazi and M/F Osman Gazi are still in Marmaris waiting for the dispatch order.
On 25. and 26. February most of the evacuation from Libya was done by airplanes. Turkish Airlines continues its normal scheduled flights to Tripoli. But the company also dedicated numerous planes for chartered flights   and Egypt were many has arrived on land routes.

Turkish Air Force is helping the evacuation from Libya. Since 24 February more than 1500 people have been flown out of Libya on C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transall cargo planes.

UPDATE: The fast ferries M/F Osman Gazi and M/F Orhan Gazi left Marmaris shortly after midnight and are heading towards Libya.

 

 

 

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>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 5)

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The wind chart of Gulf of Sidra.
Source: http://www.weatheronline.co.uk

The adverse windconditions in the Mediterranean makes evacuation of foreigners fromLibya by sea difficult.

This morning a galewarning was made by Athens’ meteorological center valid from 04:30this morning til 16:00.

The both fast ferries M/FOsman Gazi and M/F Orhan Gazi are still in Marmaris, waiting for abetter sea conditions.

The civilian ferry M/FSamsun was last seen on AIS, off the coast of Crete. As there is abig gap of AIS coverage in the middle of the Mediterranean, betweenGreece and Libya it is not clear whether she has proceed to Libya orwaiting for a better weather. Her sister M/F Ankara left Istanbulyesterday is off the coast Greece again waiting for a better weather.

Yesterday the Ministry ofForeign Affairs reported that the military ferry A-1600 TCGIskenderun docked at Bengazi harbor at 13:10 local time. In theevening the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that passengerswere embarking to TCG Iskenderun.

But, as I write these blog post, it was still not clear whether she has left Libya with passengers ornot.

It seems that to day themajority of the evacuations will be done by air, as the gale in theMediterranean makes sea voyages extremely difficult.

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>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 4)

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Last night (23.2.2010) at 23:45 the first ferry M/F Orhan Gazi carrying 1516 person arrived in Marmaris after a 19 hours trip from Benghazi.
Two hours later the second ferry M/F Osman Gazi carrying 1512 person arrived in Marmaris too.
Both have a seating for 1250 persons. And as they are used for short max 2 – 2,5 trips across Marmara Sea they do not have proper sleeping bunks but just seats.
Both are currently in Marmaris readying for a return trip. This time they may head toTripoli
In the meanwhile the military ferry TCG Iskenderun is expected to arrive in Libya today.
But as AIS transponder is not turned on and as Turkish Navy doesn’t say a word about the ships they have send for this operation it is not possible to say where TCG Iskenderun is exactly.
Position of M/F Samsun as 23:45 23.2.2010
M/F Samsun is still on herway to Libya. She has left Istanbul on the night of 22.2.2011. With an average speed of 11,4 knots she will arrive in Benghazi in 28 hours.
Her sister M/F Ankara started her voyage to Libya today ataround midnight. She will arrive off Libya in 3 days.
This is the fourth day and 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. There are unconfirmed reports that Turkey will send three additional warships to region.
One of the frigates is rumored F-245 TCG Oruçreis. These frigates will carry helicopters and naval special forces teams.

>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 3)

>According to Turkish Foreign Ministry, the fast ferry M/F Orhan Gazi departed from Benghazi 03:30 this morning and her sister M/F Osman Gazi at 05:00.

Both are heading to Marmaris, Muğla the nearest Turkish town with sufficient harbor capacity and a large airport nearby.

They are each carrying 1500 passengers 250 more than sitting capacity. The estimated time of arrival in Marmaris is around midnight. The Turkish frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu will escort them and provide cover if necessary.

The ferries, M/F Samsun and M/F Ankara, both were in port in Istanbul at the weekend are  one military two civilian are expected to arrive Libya tomorrow.
This is the third day and 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. There are unconfirmed reports that Turkey will send three additional warships to region. These frigates will carry helicopters and naval special forces teams.
Currently the frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu, ferry A-1600 TCG Iskenderun and one unnamed replenishment tanker either A-580 TCG Akar or A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör are off Libya.

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>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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>TCG İskenderun Heads To Libya, To Evacuate Turkish Citizens (UPDATED)

According to a source on location, A-1600 TCG İskenderun left Mersin this morning and is heading to Libya, to pick up the trapped Turkish citizens.

It is estimated that there are 25.000 Turkish citizens in Libya currently mostly working at the projects of the Turkish construction companies.

The daily Hürriyet reported that till yesterday, 581 Turkish citizens have returned to Turkey by air. Libyan civil aviation authority did not gave landing permission to a THY plane on route to Benghazi an the plane had to return to Turkey this morning. There are no official announcements neither from Turkish General Staff nor from Turkish Navy about the departure of TCG İskenderun yet. She is a car ferry built in Camialtı Shipyard, in Istanbul to a Polish design. She is one of the three ships of the same class.

The other two M/F Ankara and M/F Samsun are used by Turkish Maritime Lines. M/F İskenderun was handed over to Turkish Navy in 2002. TCG İskenderun was used for the evacuation of Turkish citizens trapped in Beirut during the 2006 Israeli – Hezbollah war.

Official IDO Photo.

UPDATE: According to news portal ntvmsnbc Turkey is sending two more ferries to Libya for the evacuation of Turkish citizens. An unnamed frigate will escort them.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs established a crisis center for the situation. Approximately 3000 people asked for evacuation.

The two passenger ferries to be used are, Auto Express 88 class M/F Osmangazi and M/F Orhangazi. They are built by Austal, and each can carry 1200 passengers and 225 cars. They are usually used in coastal routes around the Marmara Sea. This will be their longest journey with passengers.

UPDATE 2: The passenger ferries left Istanbul at 13:00 local time and the are estimated to reach Libya in 22 hours.

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