Vietnamese coastguards on Saturday said they seized a Chinese vessel and detained three crew members for illegally encroaching on the Vietnamese waters earlier this week.
Coastguards in the northern city of Hai Phong chased and seized the Chinese oil vessel, which carried more than 100,000 liters of diesel oil, while it was in the waters near Vietnam's Bach Long Vi island late on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The captain of the vessel and two other crew members, all Chinese, admitted that they had entered deep in Vietnamese waters to refuel several other Chinese boats which were fishing illegally there.
The Chinese vessel's captain admits to have illegally entered into Vietnam waters to fuel several other illegal fish ships. Photo provided by Hai Phong Coastguard
According the High Command of Border Guard, the Chinese captain failed to show the origin of the oil while his two crew members did not have work permit.
Further investigations into the case are ongoing.