Authorities in Galapagos Sieze 500 gallons of Fuel Headed for Seaman II

July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

In a joint operation between authorities 500 gallons of fuel were seized Galapagos Islands today.  The fuel was being transported by truck  driven by José Aníbal De La Torre and the boat was bound for yacht SEAMAN II which was currently at anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

The forfeiture action was developed after staff Island Naval Intelligence Group detect and report the fact that subsidized fuel was being used for tourism activities.  During the operation were arrested the truck driver Jose De La Torre and José Calva Abad, for the crime of use of subsidized fuel. The fuel was purchased by Ramon Silva at EP Petroecuador San Cristobal for use aboard the fishing vessel “San Pedro”.  However authorities discovered the actual intended use was for the yacht Seaman II.

The government of Ecuador subsidizes the price of fuel for non-tourism purposes.   The local price for fuel is $1.02 dollar per gallon while tourists boat pay the international market price of $3.39 per gallon – a difference of $2.37 per gallon.  Many boats charge a fuel surcharge to help pay the difference in the prices.  Individuals purchasing fuel in the Galapagos most sign documents specifying the intended use of the fuel and that they are aware of use of subsidized fuel for tourism purposes is against the law.

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