Police seize two boats involved in illegal oil trade

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Vietnamese marine police said Monday they had seized two Vietnamese and Singaporean vessels allegedly involved in the illegal trading of thousands of liters of fuel oil off the coast of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

The officers of the 3rd Marine Police Region said they caught the Vietnamese fishing boat in the act of receiving diesel oil from Singapore-flagged ship Arafura 2000 early Sunday after a several-hour stakeout.

According to police, the Arafura 2000 was carrying 382,000 liters of diesel oil and transferred around 10,000 liters of oil into the Vietnamese boat.

The captains of the two vessels failed to produce papers to prove the legitimacy of the trading.

They told police the two boats were performing an "exchange," not a trading act, but police rejected the excuse.

The Vietnamese boat, license number BV 98459 TS, belongs to Le Minh Giao, a resident of Vung Tau City.

The Arafura 2000 is a ship hired by a subsidiary of Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to serve oil rigs.

Police said the two vessels took advantage of strong winds and waves to perform illegal trading and avoid being checked by authorities.

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