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Navy seizes eight cargo vessels, tanker in Bintan waters

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Sat, February 16, 2019   /   06:58 pm
Navy seizes eight cargo vessels, tanker in Bintan waters Indonesian Navy personnel take into custody a fishing vessel with its Vietnamese crew members on board during a security operation in Natuna Islands waters in Riau Islands on Jan. 11. War vessel KRI Cut Nyak Dien-375, belonging to the Navy's First Fleet Command, apprehended the KG 1916 TS fishing boat and its 15 crew members for allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. (Courtesy of 1st Fleet Command/-)

The Indonesian Navy foiled an alleged illegal ship-to-ship transfer of supplies involving foreign-flagged vessels in the waters of Bintan, Riau Islands, last week, a senior officer has reported.

A spokesperson for the Navy’s First Fleet Command, Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho, said the eight vessels were carrying out illegal activities.

“We seized eight foreign vessels in the past week. At present, they are under our supervision in Bintan,” Agung said.

The Navy said the ships are the Greek-flagged MT Archangelos Gabriel, Bahamian-flagged MT Agros, Hong Kong-flagged MV Wen De, Vietnamese-flagged MT Petrolimex, Panamanian-flagged SG Pegasus, Singaporean-flagged MCP Bilbao, Liberian-flagged MT Bliss and Liberian-flagged MT Afra Oak.

“They also avoided paying non-tax state revenues [PNBP] that should be paid to the state,” Agung said.

Agung also suspected the vessels had taken advantage of Indonesian waters to conduct illegal activities, such as waste disposal. He said further that investigators would charge them under the 2008 law on seafaring, the 2011 Immigration Law and the 2006 Customs Law.

He said all the vessels were not allowed to be in Indonesian waters unless they were in an emergency. (das)