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Indonesia-flagged tanker “Sun Live” detained by Malaysian authorities

08 Oct 2019

Editor: The article was updated at 12.45pm on 8 October to correctly reflect the volume of diesel oil on board Sun Live after checks by a marine surveyor.

Malaysian authorities have detained the Indonesia-flagged Sun Live (IMO NO: 9142033) on 20 September due to several acts of alleged wrongdoing, according to a Royal Malaysia Police report seen by Manifold Times.

The 373 dwt oil tanker was found LAT 03° 55.925’ N / LONG 103° 26.647’E at around 8.8 nautical miles south east of Kuala Kuantan and believed to have violated the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952; Customs Act 1967, Control of Supplies Act 1961 and more.

The list of violations [translated] are as follows:

  1. Failure to produce Reports of Arrival documents to Maritime Malaysia
  2. Did not receive permission to anchor by Maritime Malaysia
  3. Failure to display Light Dues documents
  4. Did not display vessel insurance
  5. Failure to display latest Crew List
  6. Failure to obey minimum Safe Manning requirement
  7. Suspected of transferring illegal oil without permit
  8. No Petroleum Development Act (PDA) Permit
  9. No Scheduled Controlled Goods (CSA) CSA Permit to keep oil

The investigation report noted two Malaysian locals, both 19 years old, hired to guard the vessel. Both non-crew members said the ship was believed to be carrying 47,000 litres of diesel oil. Checks by a marine surveyor confirmed the vessel was carrying 115,000 litres of diesel oil.

Subsequently, the vessel was detained by authorities at around 1845 hrs; all related documents and the identity cards of both locals were brought to the Pahang branch of Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia, also known as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, for further investigations.

Published: 8 October, 2019

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