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Panamanian-flagged tanker seized in Indonesian waters

JAKARTA: The Indonesian Navy says it has seized a Panamanian-flagged tanker within the waters off Riau islands after the overseas vessel was discovered to be carrying greater than 4,000 tonnes of oil with out legitimate permits.

Indonesian Navy commander admiral Arsyad Abdullah stated in a press release late on Wednesday (Sep 1) that the Panamanian-flagged tanker, the MT Zodiac Star, was seized on suspicion of conducting unlawful actions within the nation’s waters.

The Navy stated the Panamanian-flagged tanker was carrying 4,600 tonnes of “black oil”, suspected of being waste, and not using a port clearance or a sound allow to move harmful items.

“The Navy is not going to hesitate to take motion towards all types of authorized violations that happen in Indonesian waters,” stated Admiral Arsyad Abdullah, including that the outcomes of their investigation could be handed over to the prosecutor’s workplace.

With a crew of 19, together with 18 Indonesian nationals and one Malaysian citizen, the tanker has been taken to the Indonesian port of Batam for additional investigation, the navy commander stated.

The incident shouldn’t be the primary time a Panamanian flagged vessel has run afoul of authorities in Indonesian waters.

In January, Iranian and Panamanian flagged vessels, the MT Horse and MT Freya, had been seized in Indonesian waters for allegedly conducting unlawful oil transfers.

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