Thai tanker detained in Vietnamese waters for illegal fuel trading

Vietnamese Coast Guard stated on May 25, that CG ship detained tanker SIAM VARICH with some 1,700 tons of fuel on board, in South China sea some 90 nm off Con Dao island, southernmost Vietnam. The ship didn’t carry flag, cargo on board didn’t have respective documents, all 11 crew (understood all Thai nationals) didn’t have certificates and other documents proving their qualification and rank. Master of tanker admitted, that he was engaged in illegal fuel trade in the area, understood selling fuel to fishing vessels. Tanker AIS is off for undefined period of time, years maybe.
Product tanker SIAM VARICH, IMO 7534440, dwt 2031, built 1972, flag ?, manager ?



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