Fuel smuggling on the rise in Vietnamese waters


Last update 17:56 | 12/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Fuel smuggling is on the rise in Vietnamese waters bordering Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand recently, partly due to the discrepancy between selling prices in Việt Nam and neighbouring countries, according to the Vietnamese coastguard.

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Fuel smuggling is on the rise in Vietnamese waters bordering Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand recently, partly due to the discrepancy between selling prices in Viet Nam and neighbouring countries, according to the Vietnamese coastguard. — Photo thanhnien.vn

Colonel Tran Van Nam, head of the Legal Department at the Maritime Police High Command, said that the coastguard struggled to inspect petroleum smuggling activities in the sea areas between Viet Nam and other countries.

According to the colonel, foreign vessels often illegally transport and sell oil to Vietnamese boats disguised as fishing boats at the border areas. After several investigations, the boats have become more cautious and better prepared. After discovering, they are under observation, they quickly move out of Vietnamese waters areas.

On a more serious note, Nam said some smuggling boats were even equipped with weapons.

Boat owners often hire crews from different countries, including Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, making it difficult for the coastguard to identify the origin of the vessel during inspections.

From the end of April until the end of May, the coastguard seized more than 3.5 million litres of smuggled oil, Nam said.

“Smuggled oil brings huge profits. The oil price offshore is only two-thirds of that sold on shore,” he added.

The sale of fuel with unknown origins is still taking place at seaport areas in Quang Ninh Province, Hai Phong City, Da Nang City and Vung Tau City.

In April, 26 people from Cambodia and Thailand aboard three boats were arrested for transporting diesel off Việt Nam’s southern coast. In this case, coastguard officials in southern Việt Nam seized more than 1.2 million litres of diesel from the three foreign boats.

None of the crew could produce legal documents for the fuel.

Last December, Viet Nam’s coastguard intercepted a Thai ship with 1.3 million litres of undocumented gasoline.

Between March and July last year, at least four others were caught with nearly one million litres of illegal diesel.


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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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