'Pirate' Fishing Ship and Cargo Still Being Held in Phuket

The Kunlun, as it was then, photographed in the Antarctic by the New Zealand Navy [Phuket News]

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET – Customs officials are still working on the legal tangle revolving around the alleged pirate fishing ship Taishan, previously named the Kunlun.

The ship was chased all around Antarctic waters by the Australian and New Zealand navies on suspicion it was poaching large amounts of valuable Patagonian toothfish, known to chefs as Chilean seabass


An Interpol Purple Notice was issued on the ship in January. Purple Notices are "to seek or provide information on modi operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals."


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