JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have detained the Iranian and Chinese language crewmembers of two tankers that have been seized for illegally transferring oil in Indonesian waters, an official stated Tuesday.
“The Iranian-flagged MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya are on the best way to Batam island now. The crews are being detained for additional investigation,” Maritime Safety Company spokesperson Wisnu Pramandita stated.
He stated 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese language crewmembers have been detained, and paperwork from the vessels have been seized.
He stated the tankers, which have been seized Sunday, are suspected of a wide range of violations, together with illegally transferring gasoline at sea, spilling oil, not displaying nationwide flags, protecting the names on their hulls, shutting off their identification methods and anchoring illegally.
“MT Freya did the oil spilling,” Pramandita stated.
Indonesian Ministry of Overseas Affairs spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah stated authorities are nonetheless investigating the ships’ actions.
Iranian international ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh on Monday stated Iran has requested Indonesia to offer extra particulars on the standing of the Iranian tanker.
“We now have requested Indonesia to provide us extra info. There have at all times been technical points. Each Iran’s transport ministry and international ministry are pursuing the case.” Khatibzadeh stated.