Iran asks Indonesia to clarify seizure of tanker | Asia Information
On this picture 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)
DUBAI / JAKARTA – Iran has requested Indonesia to supply particulars in regards to the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated on Monday, a day after Jakarta stated it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers in its waters.
Indonesia stated on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected unlawful oil switch within the nation’s waters.
Khatibzadeh stated that the seizure was over a “a technical challenge and it occurs in transport discipline”.
“Our Ports Organisation and the ship proprietor firm need to discover the reason for the difficulty and resolve it,” Khatibzadeh instructed a televised weekly information convention.
Indonesia stated on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected unlawful oil switch within the nation’s waters
Coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita stated the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, can be 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 identification by not exhibiting their nationwide flags, turning off computerized identification techniques and didn’t reply to a radio name,” Wisnu stated in an announcement on Sunday.
Wisnu instructed Newpaper24 on Monday that the ships have been “caught red-handed” transferring oil from MT Horse to MT Freya and that there was an oil spill across the receiving tanker.
He added that 61 crew members onboard the vessels have been Iranian and Chinese language nationals and had been detained. Indonesia’s overseas and power ministries didn’t instantly touch upon the matter.
The Worldwide Maritime Group requires vessels to make use of transponders for security and transparency. Crews can flip off the units 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.
Each the supertankers, every able to carrying 2 million barrels of oil, have been final noticed earlier this month off Singapore, transport knowledge on Refinitiv Eikon confirmed.
Very Massive Crude Provider (VLCC) MT Horse, owned by the Nationwide Iranian Tanker Firm (NITC), was virtually totally loaded with oil whereas VLCC MT Freya, managed by Shanghai Future Ship Administration Co, was empty, the info confirmed.
NITC was not instantly accessible for remark.
A search by Newpaper24 on Chinese language firm listing discovered that the registered workplace tackle of Shanghai Future Ship Administration Co got here beneath one other agency named Shanghai Chengda Ship Administration. A number of calls made to the workplace went unanswered.