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Malaysian tugboat, 12 crewmen detained in Philippines for smuggling

Malaysian tugboat, 12 crewmen detained in Philippines for smuggling

Philippine authorities have been holding a Malaysian tugboat and its seven Indonesian and five Malaysian crewmen for over three weeks for alleged oil smuggling, officials said Thursday.
The tugboat MT Sungai Julan 1 was caught illegally unloading oil at the Poro Point special economic zone in San Fernando town, 230 kilometers (145 miles) northwest of Manila, said regional customs chief Edward Baltazar.
Baltazar said he issued an order for the tugboat's seizure and detention after security personnel caught the boat's crewmen in the act of siphoning oil from the tugboat to a tanker truck parked along the pier on Jan 1. Since then, the vessel has been detained at the port and its 12 crewmen prevented from leaving the craft.
Documents submitted to the port authority said the tugboat _ which was towing a barge loaded with logs from Malaysia to China _ would dock at Poro Point only to get provisions, but the crewmen apparently tried to smuggle the oil in collusion with at least two Philippine customs personnel, he said.
The tugboat was carrying more than 77,000 liters of what is believed to be marine diesel oil worth at least 2.7 million pesos (U.S.$55,248;


Updated : 2021-04-13 18:21 GMT+08:00