Chinese vessel detained for violating Vietnam’s sovereignty

The Hai Phong Border Guards’ High Command yesterday said that they had detained and escorted a Chinese vessel with three crewmembers ashore for breaking Vietnam’s sea sovereignty.

The detained Chinese vessel (Photo: SGGP)

The vessel was found illegally operate in Vietnamese waters at the location which is 12 nautical miles from the Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin at 3:30 on March 31 by the Flotilla 2 of the Hai Phong Border Guards.

Flotilla 2 was on duty at 19.44 degrees north latitude and 107.20 degrees east longitude southwest of Bach Long Vy Island and spotted the Chinese vessel no.13056 which was transporting 100,000 liters of diesel oil at that time.

Admitting violating Vietnam’s sea sovereignty, the vessel’s captain said the oil was on way to supply Chinese fishing boats illegally operating in Vietnamese waters.

The Hai Phong Border Guards’ High Command has continued investigation over the case.

By Duc Khanh – Translated by Hai Mien

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