Indonesia announced that its forces have seized two oil tankers, one Iranian and one Panamanian, which were allegedly involved in an illegal transferring of oil in its waters.
On January 24, the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency said that the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Frea were seized in waters off Indonesia’s West Kalimantan Province. The tankers were detained for committing a variety of violations, including not displaying national flags, shutting off their identification systems, anchoring illegally as well as the illegal transfer of fuel between ships, and spilling oil.
The tankers were escorted by Indonesian officials to Batam island in Riau Islands province for further investigation.
According to local media, the Iranian-flagged MT Horse was earlier involved in the Iranian-Venezuelan fuel trade in violation of the US-imposed sanactions.
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