February 23, 2011 / 3:35 AM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Country and company Libya evacuation plans

(Reuters) - Following are details on countries and companies evacuating nationals and employees from Libya or closing operations.


TURKEY: Some 3,000 Turks boarded ferry boats in Benghazi early on Wednesday and set off for Turkey in a mass evacuation. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the Orhan Gazi ferry departed Benghazi port with 1,500 Turks and the Osman Gazi set off with another 1,500 passengers. There are about 25,000 Turks living in Libya, most working for construction firms and other companies.

UNITED STATES: The State Department said it would start evacuating U.S. citizens by ferry from Tripoli to Valletta, Malta. It said processing of passengers will begin at 10:00 local time and people will be processed on first-come, first-served basis. Earlier, the United States said it had been unable to move any of its nonessential U.S. diplomats and embassy family members out of Libya on Tuesday and expected them to depart in coming days.

BRITAIN: Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday Britain planned to send a charter plane to Libya to bring out Britons and was dispatching a Royal Navy frigate to waters off Libya in case it was needed to help nationals.

BOSNIA: A Bosnian plane, due to evacuate from Tripoli the first group out of up to 1,500 Bosnian citizens from Libya, is awaiting a permit from authorities there, said Zoran Perkovic, the assistant foreign minister.

BULGARIA: A Bulgarian government airplane took off for Tripoli and a second plane was due to depart on Tuesday. About 1,500 Bulgarians live and work in Libya, some in Libya’s second biggest city of Benghazi.

CANADA: Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said on Tuesday Canada intended to evacuate its citizens. Ottawa, which earlier in the day said it had no such plans, announced the evacuation after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to crush a growing revolt. Cannon said the first Canadian flight would arrive in Tripoli on Thursday. Of the 321 Canadians registered with the embassy, 91 have so far expressed a wish to leave.

FRANCE: The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday evening two planes had landed in Tripoli and passengers had started boarding. A third military plane is still in France, on standby waiting to fly to Tripoli on Wednesday if needed.

GERMANY: Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said all Germans remaining in Libya should leave the country. The Foreign Ministry would assist their repatriation where necessary.

GREECE: A Greek cargo ship sailed to Libya to evacuate Greek nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. It will repatriate Greek citizens on Wednesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement. About 300 Greeks live in Libya, a ministry official said.

INDIA: India is finalizing plans to evacuate all 18,000 of its nationals from Libya, the country’s foreign secretary said late on Tuesday, hours after local media reported the death of an Indian in a road collision in the country. India’s foreign ministry plans to move 13,000 nationals in Tripoli to Tunisia, and the remainder in the east of the country to Egypt, before transferring them on ships and aircraft, the Indian Express reported on Wednesday, citing a ministry official.

IRAN: Iran has stopped its oil related activities in Libya and will evacuate staff from its National Iranian Drilling Company in the next 48 hours, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

ITALY: Italy plans to send a flight to Tripoli on Tuesday to bring back Italians who want to leave Libya, a Foreign Ministry source said.

JAPAN: Kyodo news agency reported that about 20 Japanese people in Libya were set to leave the country on Tuesday on charter flights. About 50-60 Japanese are still in the country.

NETHERLANDS: A Dutch military plane has been given permission to land in Tripoli to evacuate Dutch citizens, the Dutch Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The Foreign Ministry said on Monday there were about 150 Dutch citizens in Libya.

RUSSIA: Russia sent the first of four planes to Libya on Tuesday to begin evacuating some 500 of its citizens and 700 non-Russian employees of Russia’s state-owned railroad company, Russian Railways, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi television said on Tuesday the kingdom was sending a plane to Libya to bring home Saudis.

SERBIA: Serbian planes due to evacuate Serbian citizens from Libya were still awaiting permits from authorities there, Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac said. As many as 230 people have formed a Serbian-language Facebook group to swap information. According to messages, all Serbs were safe.

SOUTH KOREA: Foreign ministry has advised its nationals to leave as soon as possible if their business was not urgent. A total of 1,300 South Koreans are in Libya, working for 24 South Korean construction companies.

SPAIN: An official airplane was due to fly to Tripoli late on Tuesday to evacuate Spanish residents who wish to leave, the Spanish government said on its website.

TUNISIA: Some 3,000 Tunisians crossed the border at Dhiba and Ben Gerden in southern Tunisia on Monday night, and another 1,200 were expected to be evacuated by air on Tuesday to Tunisia’s capital, state media reported. Tunisia has at least 30,000 nationals in Libya and officials fear they could become targets because of Tunisia’s role in inspiring uprisings.

YEMEN: Yemeni Television said on Monday President Ali Abdullah Saleh had instructed the national airline to send flights to Libya to bring home Yemenis, including students.


ROYAL BAM: A spokesman for Dutch builder Royal BAM said it had secured the safety of 10 expatriate employees in Libya and was investigating evacuation. He said the company also subcontracted 200 unskilled employees, mainly of Filipino and Thai origin, and it had taken measures to ensure their safety in the country. BAM provides tank construction and maintenance services for oil and gas firms in Libya.

YARA: The Norwegian fertilizer giant said on Tuesday it was closing its Lifeco joint venture in Libya as fear of growing turmoil could put its 1,200 employees at risk.

SIEMENS: “We are now organizing to fly out our people out of Libya. There are a good 100 of them there, mostly in Tripoli,” a spokesman said.

SHELL: Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that all its expatriate employees and their dependants in Libya, involved primarily in the company’s exploration activities in the country, had been relocated.

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