Indonesian Navy seizes wanted tanker in Cambodia
Indonesian Navy says it seized tanker wanted by Cambodian authorities on suspicion of stealing nearly 300,000 barrels of crude oil
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesian Navy said on Wednesday it had seized an oil tanker wanted by Cambodian authorities on suspicion of stealing nearly 300,000 barrels of crude oil.
After their arrest, the crew members were sent to quarantine before their cases were dealt with by investigators, the navy said.
The captain of the tanker, a Bangladeshi national, is suspected of anchoring in Indonesian territory without permission and faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 200 million rupees ($ 13,900) if convicted.
When seized, the tanker had about 298,000 barrels of oil on board, the statement said.
Indonesian authorities seized an Iranian-flagged tanker and a Panamanian-flagged tanker in January on suspicion of having illegally transferred oil into Indonesian waters. They were released after four months of detention.