The Vietnamese fishing vessel TG 91378 TS on Tuesday (26 February) morning sunk after a collision with Long Hung at position 07 ° 43'00N 106 ° 34 ' 00E about 103 nautical miles southeast of Ca Mau in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Transport.
The report noted all seven crew being saved by surrounding fishing vessels.
Curiously, TG 91378 TS was earlier held by the Vietnam Coast Guard after being spotted with the Thailand-flagged Zuma by a patrol on 19 February in Vietnam’s southwest sea at a location about 105 nautical miles from Hon Khoai island.
Both vessels were alleged to be illegally transferring diesel oil, stated the Vietnam Coast Guard on Monday (25 February).
A total of 220,000 litres of diesel oil was found on TG 91378 TS and Zuma, and documents onboard could not account for the origin and quantity of the oil cargoes, which resulted in both ships being escorted to Phu Quoc island for investigations.
The Vietnam Coast Guard earlier said it expects smuggling and trade fraud on Vietnam’s southwestern region to become increasingly complex due to the introduction of environmental protection tax increases for petrol and oil coming into effect on 1 January 2019.
The Thai-registered Zuma mentioned in the above article is believed to be a different ship from the Greece-flagged 105,188 dwt oil tanker Zuma.
Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 26 February, 2019
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