Turkey’s Defence Ministry has said that it sent away Greek-Cypriot offshore support vessel Nautical Geo (IMO 9223708) on Sunday October 3rd after it entered Turkey’s continental shelf within the Mediterranean without permission.
Turkey has been in a disagreement with Greece and Cyprus over sea territorial claims in the east Mediterranean, including the status of some islands within the Aegean.
In January this year the two sides agreed to renew talks after a five-year pause.
Turkey said that it had launched diplomatic initiatives with Malta (the flag state of the Nautical Geo) and Italy (the nation of the ship’s proprietor). “Despite these initiatives from Turkey, the Nautical Geo research vessel tried to enter Turkish Continental Shelf without permission. Upon this, it was questioned and warned by a ship belonging to the Turkish Navy. Following the vessel’s entry into the continental shelf without permission despite this, the research vessel was removed from the Turkish Continental Shelf”. As of October 5th the vessel was at Larnaca Anchorage in Cyprus.
2000-built, Malta-flagged, 2,367 gt Nautical Geo is owned and managed by Lighthouse Spa of Predosa, Italy. ISM manager is Geoships URL of Predosa, Italy. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Geoshipping Malta Ltd.