|Border Guard inspects oil transfer equipment. — VNA/VNS Photo Phúc Sơn|
CÀ MAU — Many fishing boats were seized by Cà Mau Province Border Guard on Thursday for illegally transferring oil in Cà Mau Province sea.
The boat owners could not present the required bills, certificates and permissions for the transportation and trade of oil.
The provincial law enforcement agencies are completing dossiers and investigating the matter further.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, fishing boat numbered CM 99658 TS was caught selling oil. The boat belongs to Kiên Giang Province-based Trần Tấn Hải and is captained by Trần Thanh Phong, who admitted that Hải had directed him to trade oil seven times since February.
The boat is not used for fishing as registered with the local authorities. Instead, it buys oil from foreign ships and resells it to other boats 15-20 nautical miles away from Hòn Chuối Island.
Cà Mau Province’s Sông Đốc Town Border Guard also arrested two other fishing boats, numbered KG 92909 TS and KG 91441 TS, for illegal oil trading in the sea.
Meanwhile, Trà Cổ District Border Guard in Móng Cái City in the northern province of Quảng Ninh captured five boats for illegal fishing. These boats belong to Hà Tĩnh Province-based Nguyễn Xuân Bắc, Thái Văn Thi, Thái Văn Vượng, Thái Văn Lâm and Thái Văn Giang.
The Border Guard also seized five air compressors, five diving suits, five diving goggles, five fishing plumb bobs and a 250m gas pipe. — VNS