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Marine police seize 700,000 tonnes of smuggled oil

Update: June, 08/2015 - 16:25
Coast Guard police seal the oil tank of the vessel that was found carrying 700,000 tonnes of oil of unclear origin at a marine area in southern Soc Trang Province. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Coast Guard High Command said they have seized a vessel carrying 700,000 tonnes of oil of unclear origin from southern Soc Trang Province's Dai Ngai marine area.

Early on Friday, a scout team that had been patrolling the area for two weeks stopped a My Hung 8 vessel with registration number ST 06030 for a check.

The team found 700,000 tonnes of oil in the vessel's tank. Ho Nhat Anh, the captain, and three crew members failed to hand in papers on the volume of oil.

Anh told police that he received the oil from an unregistered ship near Dai Ngai marine area.

According to police, the vessel belongs to My Hung private enterprise, located at Giong Giua Commune in Tran De District, Soc Trang Province.

The seized oil cargo has been moved to a naval port in Can Tho City's Binh Thuy District. Police are investigating the case further. — VNS

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