The FV Viking being scuttled by the Indonesian Navy in Pangandaran, West Java, in this April 2016 file photo. Two Philippine vessels confiscated for fishing illegally in Indonesian waters will be scuttled in waters off Morotai, North Maluku, to coincide with Independence Day on Wednesday (17/08). (Antara Photo/Adeng Bustomi)

Chinese Fugitive Vessel Caught in Indonesian Waters

BY :RATRI M. SINIWI

APRIL 22, 2016

Jakarta. The Indonesian Navy has arrested a Chinese-flagged foreign fishing vessel, Hua Li-8, in Belawan, North Sumatra on Friday (22/04).

The navy received information that the Chinese ship — which is wanted by Interpol in Argentina — was within Indonesian waters and deployed two battleships, KRI Viper-820 and KRI Pati Unus-384, for the capture.

The KIA FV Hua Li-8 was last positioned at 29 nautical miles off Lhokseumawe, Sumatra.

The foreign vessel was blacklisted from Argentinian waters due to violations of illegal fishing, trade and slavery on Feb. 29.

The vessel will now be brought to the Belawan naval base for investigation.

Navy spokesman First Admiral Edi Sucipto said they are cracking down on violations within Indonesian waters.

“The navy will continue to increase security patrols in the territorial waters of Indonesia through strict measures,” said Edi.

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