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Another ship seized for carrying 47,000 liters of smuggled oil

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The border guards in Ca Mau, the southernmost province of Vietnam, are working with the relevant agencies to tackle a case in which a fishing vessel was captured for allegedly transporting around 47,000 liters of smuggled diesel oil.

The border guards of Song Doc Town in Tran Van Thoi District stopped the ship, registered in Tien Giang Province, for inspection while conducting a patrol some 30 nautical miles from the Song Doc sea mouth on the evening of March 20.

The ship, whose registration number is TG 91987-TS, was found to have a large amount of liquid smelling like oil and many devices such as oil pumps, oil flow meters and large plastic pipes.

The captain, identified as L.V.R., a local resident of Tien Giang Province, admitted that the liquid was diesel oil but failed to show documents on the origin of diesel oil the vessel was carrying.

The border guards then pumped all the volume of oil onto an oil container of a local gas trading business in the area pending investigation. The total amount of diesel oil is some 47,000 liters.

The ship was towed to the Song Doc sea mouth for investigation.

On March 19, the sea patrol police in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau also detained a vessel registered in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang for allegedly transporting 60,000 liters of smuggled diesel oil.

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