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MV Amalthea (built 1985) is a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship owned by A.C.A. Shipping in Greece.[1]

History
Name: Amalthea
Owner: A.C.A. Shipping Corp. (Greece)[1]
Port of registry: Giurgiulesti, Moldova
Builder: Sanyo shipyard, Japan
Completed: 1985
Identification: ERJI
Status: Under charter
General characteristics
Class and type: General Cargo: single-decker
Tonnage: 2822 (GT)
Length: 91.6 m
Beam: 15.6 m
Draught: 6.2 m
Depth: 7.45 m
Installed power:
Speed: Approx. 10 knots
Capacity:
  • 197,000 cubic feet
  • (Grain cargo capacity)

In 2010, Amalthea was chartered by the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF), a Libyan charity organization headed by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Renamed Hope for the voyage, it left the port of Lavrio, Greece around 8 pm on 10 July 2010 carrying 2,000 tons of food, medical supplies[2] and pre-fabricated houses.[3] Israel requested the United Nations to prevent Libyan sponsored Gaza-bound marine vessel from "violating the existing naval blockade on the Gaza Strip".[4] The ship docked at the port of El Arish, Egypt on 14 July[5] from where the supplies were reportedly to be taken to Gaza by road. The humanitarian aid and supplies were donated by Greek companies and charities.[2] "We got the grapes, so why kill the vineyard guard?" Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, GICDF chairman, explained the agreement of Libya to transfer fifty million US dollars through UNRWA for reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.[6] According to reports the deal was brokered by Martin Schlaff, who is thought to have close ties to leaders in both Israel and Libya.[7]

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