Smuggled Oil Tankers Towed Back to Thailand After Vanishing from Marine Police Pier in Sattahip

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The three oil tankers that mysteriously vanished from the Sattahip Marine Police Pier in Chonburi province have been towed back to Songkhla province, southern Thailand, after they were located near Malaysia.

The tankers, which were seized earlier this year for carrying 330,000 liters of contraband fuel, mysteriously disappeared from the Sattahip Marine Police Pier last week, prompting questions from Thai citizens about authorities’ handling of the vessels.

The incident prompted an extensive search, which eventually led to the discovery of three tankers near Malaysia waters on Sunday. Thai authorities immediately took control of the vessels and escorted them to the Songkhla Marine Police Pier on Monday. However, a large amount of the illegal oil had been siphoned off from the tanks, according to Thai media reports.

Eight crew members on the tankers were arrested. Additionally, it appeared that one of the vessels was re-painted.

Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiat Pankaew, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, stated that police are questioning the eight arrested crew members. He added that three or four officers at the Sattahip Marine Police Pier would possibly be held accountable for the disappearance of the ships.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.