The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) on Tuesday (25 December) found two vessels, namely bunker tanker BPP3 and fishing vessel KG 93870 TS, in an alleged illegal ship to ship (STS) oil transfer operation on waters approximately five nautical miles off Vietnam’s south west coast, it said on Friday (28 December).
According to VCG’s initial investigations, the Captain of BPP3 claimed he was carrying 5,000 litres of diesel oil but was in fact transporting 200,000 litres of diesel oil; he could not produce documents proving the legality of the oil on board.
As such, the VCG escorted BPP3 to the port of Phu Quoc to conduct further investigations and verification.
Smuggling and trade fraud on Vietnam’s southwestern region has lately become increasingly complex, with the increasingly sophisticated tricks, due to the introduction of environmental protection tax increases for petrol and oil coming into effect on 1 January 2019, it adds.
Data from global ship tracking intelligence provider MarineTraffic suggests BPP3 to be a 1960 built bunkering tanker of 506 dwt capacity.
Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 31 December, 2018
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