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Oily trouble: Thieves swipe 330,000 litres from Thai police dock


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15 hours ago, johng said:

LoL...police report to police smugglers take their boats and cargo back during high seas...is it a movie plot ?

A very low budget homemade movie... 

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1 hour ago, john donson said:

yes thailand needs a 12 billion submarine for these tasks, preferable a few of those




The boats would have seen the submarine miles away, and sped off. 😆


That is how useless and embarrassing the sub will be. 

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21 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Illegal oil smugglers stole three tankers carrying about 330,000 litres of diesel from the Thai Marine Police


"Spirited" away during the night from under the noses of the Thai Marine Police - what gross incompetence!!

Now possibly docked in Cambodia.


Full story:





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On 6/13/2024 at 8:33 AM, snoop1130 said:

The rough waves posed a risk of friction between the tankers and the pier, potentially leading to a spark due to the oil inside the vessels, escalating into a fire or explosion.

Utter BS.....

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News report in Thai media.


Missing Oil Tankers Located, Awaiting Further Action.


“On June 16,  authorities reported progress in the investigation of three missing oil tankers, which had disappeared from the Sattahip Marine Police Pier in Chonburi Province. According to investigative sources, the police have located the three vessels. They are currently being escorted to a port in Songkhla Province.


The final decision regarding whether to return the tankers to Sattahip for legal proceedings will be made tomorrow (June 17,). Additionally, there remains uncertainty about whether the contraband oil is still on board.


This development marks a significant step in the investigation of the illegal oil transport case that had raised concerns about maritime security and law enforcement efficiency.”


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Thai news update.


“Yesterday evening, June 16, Marine Police located the three tankers in international waters and within Malaysian territory. The ships were subsequently pushed back into Thai waters. The Thai Marine Police then took control of the vessels and directed them towards the Songkhla coast, with an expected arrival at noon on June 17.


However, the arrival may be delayed due to rough seas and one of the ships being inoperable, necessitating it to be towed to shore. The Songkhla Marine Police are preparing for the reception and security of the tankers and their crew. A press conference on the developments is scheduled for today.


Preliminary reports indicate that out of the approximately 330,000 liters of smuggled oil, a portion is missing, and half of the 16-member crew is unaccounted for. Additionally, there have been attempts to repaint some of the vessels to obscure their identities. Detailed updates will be provided by senior officials at the press conference held at the Songkhla Marine Police Division 7 headquarters.”

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Thai media update.


“June 17, 16.00,  In a press conference, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Maj. Gen. Charoonkiat Pangkaew, along with Pol. Maj. Gen. Pruittipong Nuchanarot, Commander of the Marine Police Division, and Pol. Col. Wiwat Jitsopakul, Superintendent of Division 2, Central Investigation Bureau, announced the recovery of three smuggled oil ships that had gone missing from the Sattahip Marine Police Pier in Chonburi.


Pol. Maj. Gen. Charoonkiat stated that investigations are ongoing to determine if the disappearance of the three vessels is linked to a prominent figure known as Mr. J. The incident is seen as a direct affront to law enforcement, and efforts are being intensified to resolve the case.

The missing ships, which disappeared for 3-4 days, are currently under thorough investigation, including the possibility of police involvement. A special committee has been established to probe the matter. The authorities assure the public of their commitment to apprehend and prosecute all those involved.


“All charges will be pursued against anyone found to be complicit in this crime. The extent of the stolen oil is still under investigation and will be confirmed by the forensic team,” said Deputy Commissioner Charoonkiat.


Pol. Maj. Gen. Pruittipong provided a detailed timeline of the events, starting from the initial seizure of the smuggled oil in Sattahip on March 17, 2024. The Marine Police were entrusted with the custody of the ships on March 19. On June 11, a group of perpetrators seized the ships, which were taken to Cambodia on June 12.


The ships had their appearances altered, including a color change from red to green. However, due to the haste in evading authorities, only one ship was fully modified. The intention was to reuse the ships and sell the confiscated oil in Cambodia.


By June 13, the Marine Police coordinated with neighboring countries, including Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia, to track the suspect ships. The suspects, aware of the police pursuit, attempted to evade capture by relocating the ships frequently. The ships were eventually located within Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with assistance from naval units and satellite surveillance.


On June 16, at 6:00 AM, a report from a fishing network partner identified the suspect ships 90 miles off the coast of Songkhla. Marine Police deployed three vessels to verify and by 3:00 PM, confirmed the ships' identities. Eight crew members were apprehended.


The suspects intended to capitalize on both the oil, valued at 3-4 million baht, and the ships, worth up to 20 million baht each. The investigation also revealed that the ships were brought to an area in Pattani, known for illicit oil trading.


Pol. Col. Wiwat mentioned that the initial seizure involved five ships and 28 suspects, linked to two major financiers. Further investigation is required to establish connections to the individuals named Mr. N. in Rayong and Mr. J. in Pattani.“



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