China seeks crew particulars as Jakarta seizes tankers

Beijing, January 27

Chinese authorities on Wednesday said it was seeking details about 25 of its nationals who were among 61 crew on two supertankers seized by Indonesia for “illegally” transferring oil.

Indonesia said the seizure was made after the tankers were found making the transfer from Iranian-flagged MT Horse to Panamanian-flagged MT Freya, causing an oil spill. Authorities said the seizure was not related to US sanctions on Iran amid a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian demanded a fair probe. — Reuters

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