Vietnamese coast guard seizes 3 Thai boats for oil smuggling

By Thanh Hai - Dinh Tuyen - Xuan Lam, Thanh Nien News

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A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat
as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai

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Vietnamese coast guards said Tuesday they have caught three Thai vessels smuggling fuel to three Vietnamese fishing boats in the southern waters off Khoai Island.
One of the Thai boats was carrying around 500,000 liters of diesel with four Thai crewmen and five Cambodians aboard.
The two others, which were carrying a total of 190,000 liters of diesel, had five Thai people and 11 Cambodian people on board.
Thai and Cambodian crewmen on one of three Thai boats. Photo: Thanh Hai
The Thai boats were caught illegally transferring diesel to the Vietnamese boats between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on March 18 as they could not produce legal documents for the fuel, according to the Coast Guard Command in the area.
All the six boats were escorted to An Thoi Port in Phu Quoc Island for further investigation.
Oil smuggling has been rife in Vietnam’s southwestern waters since last year, according to the Coast Guard.

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