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Vietnam: Coast Guards report rise in vessels selling illegal diesel oil in southern region

01 Apr 2021

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Wednesday (31 March) said recently the number of vessels illegally smuggling and conducting the sale of diesel oil has increased exponentially in the southern region. 

Notably, most of these vessels are fishing boats converted to carry oil as cargo and they even cross borders to conduct illegal sales.

The patrol team of the Marine Police Zone Command 3 on 30 March detained vessel TG 93798 TS for transporting 90,000 litres of undocumented diesel oil.

The team was out on its inspection rounds at 4.30 pm when they discovered the vessel behaving suspiciously 40 nautical miles southeast from Con Dao.

Initial investigations revealed the vessel had four crew members onboard, and the Master was unable to present the necessary invoices proving the legality of the diesel oil.

This is the second incident this week and it will increase its efforts to curb the illegal smuggling of oil in the area, it said.

The unit has detained the vessel and escorted it to the port of Con Dao in order for the case to be dealt with in accordance with Vietnamese law.

A series of earlier Vietnamese Coast Guard arrests covered by Manifold Times in 2021 are as follows:

Related: Vietnam: Coast Guards detain vessel carrying 40,000 litres of undocumented diesel oil
Related: Vietnam Coast Guard detains modified fishing boat with 100,000 litres of DO
Related: Vietnam: Coast Guards detain Hong Minh Petroleum vessel carrying illegal DO
Related: Vietnam: Coast Guards detain unnumbered tanker carrying 45,000 litres of illegal DO
Related: Vietnam: Coast Guards detain modified fishing vessel carrying 50,000 litres of illegal DO
Related: Vietnam: Coast Guards detain repeat offender carrying 140,000 litres of illegal DO

Additionally, earlier Vietnamese Coast Guard arrests covered by Manifold Times before 2021 can be found below at the link here.


Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 1 April, 2021

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