Danish ship, Apsalon, was loaded with 350 to 400 tons of chemical weapons on Saturday at Misrata port heading toward Germany as part of the Libyan chemical weapons transfer program signed in 2013.
The security chief responsible for monitoring the process, Ramadan Al-Zain, said the Danish ship has experts on board who will deal with the chemical weapons, adding that the shipment was loaded from stocks in Al-Jufra and brought to Misrata under the security of the forces fighting IS in Sirte.
“We feared that those chemical weapons would fall in IS militants’ hands.” Al-Zain indicated, adding that this is the last shipment marking the end of the transfer program.
Libya disposed of its mustard gas stockpile back in 2013 knowing that it was scheduled to be destroyed in 2011, yet the February revolution and other technicalities disallowed it.
The chemical weapons will be transferred from Libya to Germany and will be paid for by the UK and the US along with Germany. They will be disposed of in 15 months as planned and as Denmark’s Defense Ministry website wrote.
The UN Security Council voted unanimously on July 22 to allow the transfer of the chemical weapons from Libya to be destroyed under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).