Foreign ships caught smuggling wood in southern Vietnam

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Vietnam Marine Police Monday said they have seized two foreign ships in the southern province of Kien Giang for allegedly smuggling illegal wood.

One of the ships was found transporting 15 tons of wood, mainly Tracwood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis), on the Ha Tien River on Sunday, according to the marine police division in Phu Quoc District. The wood was categorized as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

Three Cambodians and one Vietnamese aboard the vessel when it was stopped by police failed to present any related documents for the wood.

That same day the marine police division also caught a ship with five Cambodians on board carrying some ten tons of yet-to-be-identified wood minus the necessary documents.

According to the crew, they were transporting the wood from Koh Kong Port in Cambodia to Ha Tien Port.

In other related news, a report published by Tuoi Tre Tuesday quoted Major Tran Van Luong, chief of Vietnam Marine Police's inspectorate No.1, as saying that his division seized a ship transporting some 700 tons of minerals, suspected to be coal, off the northern city of Hai Phong, also on Sunday.

Captain Doan Van Nam and his two crewmen failed to present documents for the cargo as well as their job qualifications, the newspaper reported.

Nam told police that they were shipping the cargo from the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Police are investigating.

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