Foreign-flagged ship probed for illegal oil trading on Vietnamese waters

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Vietnamese Coast Guard officers seal the diesel oil they found on the foreign ship. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Coast Guard is still investigating a foreign-flagged ship for allegedly smuggling diesel oil to Vietnam, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Last Saturday, a Coast Guard vessel spotted suspicious-looking Shoel Maru, a ship registered in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, around 110 nautical miles of Con Son Island off the southern coast.
The police then searched the ship and found 611,000 liters of diesel oil with no documentation of origin.
The Thai captain of the ship known as Wathanachai also failed to produce his license.
There were nine Thai crewmen and a Cambodian onboard.
Initial investigation showed the ship was involved in illegal oil trading with Phuoc Loi, a Vietnamese ship.
The Shoel Maru was then towed to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province for further investigation.

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