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Owner of arrested container ship demands its’ release

Container ship MATHU BHUM has been intercepted by an Indonesian Navy patrol ship on May 4 off Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Malacca Strait, shortly after the ship left Belawan, bound for Port Klang, Malaysia. MATHU BHUM was taken back to Belawan and as of May 11, remained in port.

The ship is blamed for violating the ban on RBD palm oil export from Indonesia, she had on board 34 containers with refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD) palm oil. Shipowner protested the detention,

RCL’s local attorney said the company didn’t know what was in containers because RCL is a transporter, not a freight forwarder. The company and its’ lawyers filed a respective protest and understood, an appeal, demanding the ship’s release.

Owner of arrested container ship demands its’ release

Container Ship MATHU BHUM is currently located at INDO – Malacca Strait at position 02° 51′ 12.1″ N, 101° 14′ 51.0″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-05-01 04:26 UTC (10 days, 13 hours ago)

MATHU BHUM (IMO: 8813647) is a Container Ship that was built in 1990 (32 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Singapore.
Its carrying capacity is 920 TEU and its current draught is reported to be 7.2 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 145.65 meters and her width is 25 meters.

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Sources: Maritime Security + Marine Traffic

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