The Vietnam Coast Guard Command on Tuesday (4 January) seized oil tanker Duc Minh 06 (HP-5909) at the sea area between Hai Phong and Quang Ninh over the illegal transportation of oil material.
The tanker was carrying a total 170,000 litres of oil products consisting of 100,000 litres of gasoline and 70,000 litres of diesel; it did not have invoices or documents proving the legality of the material.
An initial investigation further found the captain and crew not having licenses and proper legal papers to operate the oil tanker, which was later escorted to a coast guard facility at Hai Phong.
According to the Vietnam Coast Guard, the illegal transportation of gasoline and oil at the Gulf of Tonkin has recently increased in both scale and volume.
As such, the Coast Guard Command has directed agencies and units to further efforts in investigating and stopping the illegal trade.
Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 6 January, 2022
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