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Vietnam Nabs Burmese Fuel Smugglers

29 August 2013

Vietnamese coast guards seized a Burmese vessel on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling diesel oil into Vietnam, reports Thanh Nien News. The newspaper said that the patrolling coast guards approached two suspicious-looking vessels some 21 nautical miles southeast of the Ninh Co estuary in Vietnam’s Nam Dinh Province and arrested crew members caught transferring diesel oil to a Vietnamese boat. Members of the Burmese boat’s crew—consisting of its captain and 14 Burmese and two Chinese sailors—confessed to attempting to illegally sell 5,000 tons of oil. The Burmese vessel was identified as the Yong Win 18.