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Indonesia says it has seized Iranian and Panamanian tankers

Indonesian authorities say they have seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country’s waters

1/24/2021 5:34:00 PM

Indonesia n authorities say they have seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country’s waters.

Indonesia n authorities say they have seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country’s waters

The Associated PressIn this photo released by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA), Iranian-flagged MT Horse, left, and Panamanian-flagged MT Frea tankers are seen anchored together in Pontianak waters off Borneo island, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Indonesian authorities said that they seized the two vessels suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country's waters. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP)

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian authorities said that they seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country's waters Sunday.The tankers — the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Frea — were seized in waters off Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, said Wisnu Pramadita, a spokesman for the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency.

He said the tankers are suspected of a variety of violations, including not displaying national flags, shutting off their identification systems, anchoring illegally as well as the illegal transfer fuel between ships and spilling oil.Authorities were escorting the two tankers to Batam island in Riau Islands province for further investigation, he said. headtopics.com

Iranian state television acknowledged the tanker’s seizure, citing Indonesian authorities. The report did not elaborate.Iran, home to major oil and natural gas reserves, has seen its sales abroad deeply impacted by U.S. sanctions after former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2018. That cut a crucial source of government revenue in Iran’s long-anemic economy.

In the time since, Iran has relied on black-market sales and deals with Venezuela to keep its sales going. Read more: ABC News »

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