Posted on July 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Tongan government is planning to take action against the owners of the Maltese-flagged Oil Tanker, Duzgit Venture after the latter allegedly knocked out the country’s communication systems during an incident earlier this year.

The Turkish, Istanbul-based own, DSM Gemi Isletmeciligi faces a potential fine of up to $2 million dollars after allegedly knocking out the country’s entire mobile and internet services for a bit more than two weeks.

Back in January the 20th, the Duzgit Venture allegedly dropped its anchor near Tonga’s primary underwater fibre optic cable line.

Local authorities assume that the anchor dragged the cable off the seafloor, creating a blackout that knocked out all non-essential communication services in the pacific nation.

According to satellite imagery, the tanker was at the location where the cable damage originated, at around the time authorities suggest that the incident took place.

"I'm sure some legal action will take place. Someone has to pay because it cost us two million dollars,” said the Tongan Police Minister in a statement to local media.


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Posted in Operations , Tonga , Oceania

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