Owner of arrested container ship demands its’ release

Container ship MATHU BHUM has been intercepted by Indonesian Navy patrol ship on May 4 off Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Malacca Strait, shortly after the ship left Belawan, bound for Port Klang, Malaysia. MATHU BHUM was taken back to Belawan and as of May 11, remained in port. The ship is blamed in violating ban of RBD palm oil export from Indonesia, she had on board 34 containers with refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm oil. Ship owner protested the detention, RCL local attorney said company didn’t know what was in containers, because RCL is a transporter, not a freight forwarder. Company and its’ lawyers filed respective protest and understood, appeal, demanding ship’s release.
Container ship MATHU BHUM, IMO 8813647, dwt 15152, capacity 1248 TEU, built 1990, flag Singapore, owner Regional Container Lines, Thailand.



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