JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam seizes Thai oil tanker for intruding on exclusive economic zone

Vietnam seizes Thai oil tanker for intruding on exclusive economic zone

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 11:13 GMT+7

The Vietnam Coast Guard is investigating a case in which a Thai oil tanker was caught encroaching on southern Vietnamese waters and illegally selling oil to a local boat last Saturday. The infringing Thai-flagged ship, Asia Star, was discovered illicitly selling oil to a Vietnamese fishing boat about 130 nautical miles south of Con Son Island on September 26, the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard of Zone 4, based on Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, said. The waters are within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, the High Command said. Con Son is the largest island of the Con Dao archipelago, part of the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. The Thai tanker captain is 62-year-old Sermkhaosa - Ard, who led a crew of 10 members, while the captain of the local boat is Le Van Pho, 48, of the southern province of Tien Giang. The Vietnamese vessel is coded BV 91657 TS, but the code has been proven to be fake, VTC News reported.  At the time of detection, coast guard officers found that the Thai tanker had transmitted 20,000 liters out of 150,000 liters of diesel oil it was carrying to the local vessel, according to news website VnExpress. Captain Sermkhaosa - Ard, of Thai nationality, failed to show any documents to prove the origin of the oil. Coast guard officers made a report on the case and escorted both the foreign and local ships to Phu Quoc Island for investigation. In other related news, the border guard station on Bach Long Vi Island off the northern city of Hai Phong has unveiled statistics showing that Chinese boats have been caught illegal fishing in the waters of the island for 3,681 times in the first nine months of this year.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

‘Taste of Australia’ gala dinner held in Ho Chi Minh City after 2-year hiatus

Taste of Australia Gala Reception has returned to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnamese woman gives unconditional love to hundreds of adopted children

Despite her own immense hardship, she has taken in and cared for hundreds of orphans over the past three decades.

Latest news

In Mallorca, 20,000 rally against overtourism

Some 20,000 protesters hit the streets of Palma in Mallorca Sunday for a mass demonstration against overtourism, demanding changes to a touristic model they say is harming the Spanish Mediterranean island