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The Vietnam Coast Guard on Wednesday (27 May) said its Coast Guard Command Region 1 discovered three vessels allegedly performing illegal oil transfers at sea while the team was performing scheduled patrol rounds.
The ships were sighted at 2330hrs on Monday (25 May) night at the mooring area of Hon Dau, Hai Phong district and displayed signs of suspicious behaviour, according to a statement.
Initial investigations by the patrol team revealed the LPG tanker named Venus 08 was suspected to be transferring oil with two other iron-hull ships that had no serial number.
The Captain on board Venus 08 claimed his vessel was processing 25,000 litres of waste oil for the two ships.
He added that he was supposed to be carrying a cargo of gas from the Dung Quat Industrial Zone (Quang Ngai) to Hai Phong port for delivery and had all the proper documents for the cargo.
He claimed he anchored at Hon Dau to wait for port pilot guidance before proceeding inside the port.
The patrol has since escorted the vessels to Got harbour, Hai Phong to conduct verifications, and further investigations in accordance with Vietnamese law.
Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 28 May, 2020
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