Indonesia arrests two tankers

Titus Zheng

Two tankers were arrested by the Indonesian Marine Police for illegal fuel oil bunkering off Batam and Palembang, Indonesia.

Urban Success, with IMO number 8617615, was apprehended by the Indonesian Marine Police for alleged smuggling of diesel fuel from Palembang into the outer port limit in east Singapore while underway in the Singapore Strait off Batam, Indonesia, at 21.00 local time on 25 April.

The tanker with eight crew members was intercepted with the assistance of a helicopter, then escorted and anchored off Sekupang, Batam for investigation.

Later, the investigation revealed that Urban Success carried nearly 700,000 litres of fuel oil without legal documents and port clearance. The Indonesian Marine Police has tracked the alleged smuggling for a few months through surveillance and the monitoring of vessel movement.

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