The Indonesia navy’s First Fleet commander introduced on Wednesday that it has seized a tanker and detained its crew over the alleged theft of round 300,000 barrels of crude oil from Cambodia’s reserves.
MT Strovolos, a Bahamian-flagged tanker, sailed from Thailand to Indonesia’s Batam island, the place it turned off its ID system and anchored illegally off the Asian nation’s coast. It was picked up by the Indonesian navy on July 27 after an Interpol purple discover was issued in opposition to the vessel and its crew.
The tanker had been used for storage however, after Singapore’s KrisEnergy, which had rented it, went into liquidation earlier this yr, the crew reportedly took off with round 300,000 barrels of crude oil believed to be aboard. After turning into conscious of the alleged theft, KrisEnergy reported the state of affairs to the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Power, who, in flip, knowledgeable Interpol.
Indonesian authorities are at the moment questioning the crew members, consisting of 13 Indian nationals, three Bangladeshis and three residents of Myanmar. If discovered responsible of maritime violations, the captain of the vessel might resist a yr in jail and a advantageous of $14,000.
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Indonesia’s First Fleet commander Arsyad Abdullah mentioned officers “won’t hesitate to take motion in opposition to any kind of crimes dedicated inside Indonesia’s jurisdictional territory.”
Cambodia and Indonesia are at the moment in talks over easy methods to securely return the oil to Phnom Penh.
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