The National Bureau of Investigation also examines if the object found in the seabed has any connection to the damage in the gas pipeline.
The police have established in the criminal investigation that the movements of the vessel Newnew Polar Bear flying the flag of Hong Kong coincide with the time and place of the gas pipeline damage. For this reason, the investigation is now focused on the role of the said vessel.
– We will cooperate with Chinese authorities in order to establish the role of the said vessel. The Finnish Police also have a liaison officer in China who can handle the matter on the site, says General Head of Investigation, Detective Superintendent Risto Lohi.
The police will examine further the background and movements of the vessel as a part of criminal investigation also with the assistance of international partners.
A heavy object has been found in the vicinity of the gas pipeline damage
Yesterday the National Bureau of Investigation stated it had completed the crime scene investigation into the gas pipeline damage. The analysis of the collected samples is underway in the National Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory.
– The investigation has confirmed that the damage has been caused by an external mechanical force, and based on current knowledge there is no reason to believe the damage has been caused by an explosion, Lohi states.
– A recently formed huge clump of soil containing probably an extremely heavy object has been found in the seabed. We investigate now what the object is and if it is connected to the damage of the pipeline, Lohi says.
The object lies deep down in clay seabed and no conclusion can be reached thus far of its nature. The police and the authorities having cooperated and assisted in the criminal investigation continue the scene investigation whenever weather and sea conditions allow.
– Attempts will be made to lift the object from the sea for technical examination, Lohi states.