Drillship in limbo after Turkish warship blocks path

The interception of a vessel drilling offshore Cyprus by a Turkish warship has ratcheted up tensions in the East Mediterranean The interception of a vessel drilling offshore Cyprus by a Turkish warship has ratcheted up tensions in the East Mediterranean
By Verity Ratcliffe 15 February 2018 0 29597
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing the Turkish parliament on Tuesday. (PA)

The Turkish military has obstructed a drillship contracted by Italian major Eni to explore Block 3 offshore Cyprus, resulting in a standoff between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot administration. 

A Turkish warship blocked the path of the Saipem 12000 vessel on Friday. The ship had been on course for a location in Block 3 after having made a modest gas discovery in Block 6, but was intercepted en route. 

“Eni can confirm that on Friday afternoon the Saipem 12000 vessel had to stop the transfer...

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