Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) announced that the Indonesian navy had on Wednesday (7 Feb) intercepted a fishing boat smuggling one tonne of crystal methamphetamine off the waters of Batam island which falsely flown the Singapore flag.
The bureau stressed that the boat is not a Singapore-registered boat. It is registered in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, as “Shun De Man No.66”. Preliminary investigations by the Indonesian authorities show that at the time of interception, the Taiwanese syndicate had used the fictitious name “Sunrise Glory” for the boat and falsely flown the Singapore flag.
According to local news agency, the ship, commanded by the Arizzona Marine Major, was captured in the waters of the Phillip Strait, between Singapore and Batam.
The Sunrise Glory ship was being investigated for allegedly using false documents and often changing flags according to the country it passed through.
Premilinary investigation found MV Sunrise Glory is a fishing boat that raises the flag of Singapore with four Taiwanese citizenship crew.
The ship is also suspected to be a phantom ship because of its double flag and all documents owned by the ship are only photocopied, without original documents available on board.
Indonesian navy personnel found the drugs stored in 41 rice sacks inside the vessel at Batu Ampar Port in Batam. The crew were detained for further investigations.
Investigations by the Indonesian authorities are ongoing.