Turkish Drillship Fatih Arrives in Karpaz Despite Sanctions

Turkish Drillship ‘Fatih’

Turkish drillship ‘Fatih’ which returned to Mersin port for maintenance after finalising its activities off the coasts of Paphos has headed towards Famagusta as part of its scheduled drilling activities.

In relation with the new destination of the Turkish drill ship, the online ship tracking system showed on Saturday, that the Turkish vessel is lying 14.6 nautical miles off Kaleburnu, Karpaz.

Meanwhile, Turkish Vice President, Fuat Oktay has said that the sanctions approved recently by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states following Turkey’s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean were null and void for Turkey, BRT reported.

Addressing a ceremony held prior to the military parade in Nicosia on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) on Friday, Oktay said that “our drilling vessel ‘Fatih’, after completing its duty on our continental shelf, yesterday started its new activity in the southern part of the Karpaz Cape”.

Drilling activities are expected to continue until 23 February, 2020 and will be accompanied by the platform support vessels ‘Siem Korkut’, ‘Siem Altan’ and ‘Siem Sancar’ vessel.

Cyprus Mirror, BRT

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