After Oil Project Collapse, Cambodia Seeks Return of Detained Tanker

The tanker affair marks a strange end to Cambodia’s quest for a domestic oil and gas industry.

Cambodia’s government is seeking the return of an oil tanker that has been detained by the Indonesian Navy, alleging that the ship is carrying stolen crude oil, a spokesperson for Cambodia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy said yesterday.

On Wednesday, the Indonesian navy announced that it had taken into custody the Bahamian-flagged tanker MT Strovolos, which Cambodia claims is carrying nearly 300,000 barrels of crude from a recently collapsed offshore oil venture.

The ship, its Bangladeshi captain, and 19 crew members were detained by a patrol boat on July 27 in waters off Sumatra island, a few days after Phnom Penh issued a red notice on Interpol demanding the seizure of the ship, the Indonesian Navy said in a statement.

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