The Indonesian Marine Police have boarded the tanker Strovolos and arrested the crew in connection with a dispute over Cambodian oil, according to operator World Tankers Management.
The Strovolos was first detained in July at a position off Sumatra. She had anchored without prior authorization (a potentially illegal act in Indonesian waters) and she had turned off her AIS system, the Indonesian Navy alleged.
Strovolos had arrived in Indonesia after a charter went wrong. She had been chartered by Singaporean firm KrisEnergy to support an attempt to produce oil from a field in the Cambodian sector of the Gulf of Thailand. KrisEnergy began production at the field in December 2020 with a “phase 1A” small-scale pilot, hoping to achieve 7,500 barrels per day. The actual output fell far short of that mark, and in June, just six months after starting up, KrisEnergy folded and filed for liquidation. It was the beginning and the end of Cambodia’s first venture in offshore oil and gas.