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Tanker With Disputed Libyan Oil Returns to Country for Unloading

  • Distya Ameya vessel had been blocked from docking in Malta
  • East Libya oil company vows to continue shipping crude
Libyan oil workers at the the Zawiya oil installation.

Libyan oil workers at the the Zawiya oil installation.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

A tanker with oil from eastern Libya returned with its cargo to the North African country after the United Nations blacklisted the shipment, amid an escalating struggle between the nation’s rival governments for control of its crude wealth.

The Distya Ameya will discharge its cargo at the refinery of Zawiya in western Libya over the next few days, Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corp., said Saturday in an e-mailed statement. Unloading at Zawiya was delayed because of bad weather, Mansur Abdulla, an official at the refinery, said Sunday by phone.