US Ally Detains Chinese Ship Crew

By Bo Beard | May 23, 2024

MT Hyperline 988

The Philippine Coast Guard apprehended seven Chinese crew members from a foreign-flagged ship on Thursday for illegally entering the waters of the Southeast Asian country.

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Upon receiving reports that the Sierra-Leone-registered MT Hyperline 988 was displaying the Philippine flag in the waters near San Felipe in Zambales province, the Coast Guard launched an investigation. 

Automatic identification system

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The crew of the vessel had disabled the automatic identification system, used for broadcasting their location, and disregarded the Coast Guard's radio instructions.