A Thai ship has been caught selling oil illegally to a Vietnamese fishing boat in southern Vietnamese waters, a Coast Guard official said Sunday.
Takuzan 111 with seven crew members was carrying about 260,000 liters of diesel and pumping it into the fishing boat that managed to flee before the Coast Guard vessel could accost it, Colonel Pham Quang Oanh said.
This happened on the morning of July 22 some 160 nautical miles southeast off Cape Ca Mau.
The captain and crew members did not have identity papers and there were no papers for the oil either.
Oanh said Takuzan 111 is not a tanker and not equipped with equipment for firefighting and preventing pollution.
The Coast Guard found documents showing how much oil the Thai vessel had sold to Vietnamese fishing boats in July.
They towed the boat to Phu Quoc for further investigation.
According to the Coast Guard, oil smuggling has been rife in Vietnam’s southwestern waters since 2015.