Indonesia’s coast guard seizes Iranian and Panamanian tankers | Asia Information
Indonesia’s coast guard seizes Iranian and Panamanian tankers
Monday, January 25, 2021, 10:40
On this photograph taken on Jan 24, 2021, Panamanian-flagged MT Frea, left, and Iranian-flagged MT Horse tankers are seen anchored collectively in Pontianak waters off Borneo island, Indonesia. (PHOTO / AP)
Jakarta – Indonesia stated on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected unlawful gas transfers off the nation’s waters.
An announcement from coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita stated the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, have been escorted to Batam island in Riau Island province for additional investigation.
“The tankers, first detected at 5:30 am native time (2130 GMT on Jan 23) hid their id by not displaying their nationwide flags, turning of automated identification programs and didn’t reply to a radio name,” the assertion stated.
An announcement from coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita stated the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, have been escorted to Batam island in Riau Island province for additional investigation
“There was an oil spill round MT Freya.”
The Worldwide Maritime Group requires vessels to make use of transponders for security and transparency. Crews can flip off the gadgets if there’s a hazard of piracy or related hazards. However transponders are sometimes shut down to hide a ship’s location throughout illicit actions.
Iran, which not commented on the seizure, has been accused of concealing the vacation spot of its oil sales by disabling monitoring programs on its tankers, making it tough to evaluate how a lot crude Tehran exports because it seeks to counter US sanctions.
In 2018, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear cope with six main powers and reimposed sanctions geared toward chopping Tehran’s oil exports to zero.
Iran despatched the MT Horse vessel to Venezuela final 12 months to ship 2.1 million barrels of Iranian condensate.