Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 3 – Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy issued a statement on Friday in relation with the vessel MT Strovolos and the cargo on board of approximately 300,000 bbls of crude oil belonging to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The purpose of this statement is to make it clear that the cargo of crude oil on the MT Strovolos belongs to Cambodia; the disputes regarding the payment of hire are between the vessel's owners/managers and the charterer and do not involve Cambodia; MT Strovolos illegally left Cambodian waters and took steps to evade detection once it had done so, eventually entering Indonesian waters where it has been detained; and consequently, various breaches of Cambodian and Indonesian laws have been committed and are now the subject of investigation and legal process.

The vessel was under charter to KrisEnergy to perform that service, which had an agreement with the Royal Government of Cambodia, as represented by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, for the exploration and development in the Cambodia Block A.

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