Barbaros, the Turkish seismographic ship, is travelling at a low speed of 2.6 nautical knots north of the Apostle Andreas cape, thirty nautical miles from the shores of the Karpasia peninsula.
The seismographic ship had left the port Sinifki were it had been since Easter Sunday at 8:00 Friday morning. The ship followed a course towards the Apostle Andreas cape, but later changed its course, moving north-east to a location further off the coasts of the island.
It is thought that Barbaros is waiting for orders from Ankara. According to Philenews.com, the ship’s supporting vessel “Bravo Supporter” is facing problems and may be need to be replaced.
Barbaros’ presence in the area is considered to be more of a political move rather than a technical one as Turkey has intensified its rhetoric against Cyprus concerning hydrocarbon explorations.
Last week, the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu issued another threatening statement saying Ankara will not allow the Cyprus Republic to go ahead with oil and gas exploration within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).