Vietnamese Coast Guard detained suspiciously looking tanker in Vung Tau Province waters on Jun 18, under the name BV-789(, which came to be false. Tanker was identified as HAKUYO MARU, under command of Thai Captain. 13 crew include 7 Thais and 6 Cambodians, tanker was found to have on board some 200 tons of undocumented diesel oil. Tanker was arrested and taken to Vung Tau anchorage for further investigation, being suspect in illegal oil trade in Vietnamese exclusive economic zone.
Most probably, arrested tanker is a bunker tanker HAKUYO MARU, last seen by AIS in Gulf of Thailand in early 2019.
Bunker tanker HAKUYO MARU, IMO 7809182, dwt 1900, built 1978, flag Honduras, manager/owner?
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