Gov’t in talks with Indonesia for return of missing tanker

Cambodia is negotiating with Indonesian authorities for the return of a tanker carrying 290,000 barrels of oil. The tanker was anchored in the Apsara oil field where the Cambodian unit of Singapore’s KrisEnergy was extracting oil.

The AFP news agency said the Indonesian navy has seized the vessel and was questioning the crew of 13 Indians, three Bangladeshis and a trio from Myanmar at its base near Singapore. Its Bangladeshi captain could face up to a year in prison and a $14,000 fine if convicted on maritime violation charges, the navy said.

The Strovolos, which flies the flag of the Bahamas and is owned by the Strovolos Shipping Co Ltd was en route to the port of Batam, Indonesia and was expected to arrive there on July 28, according to Vesselfinder.com.

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