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Latest: Johor Port Authority detains bunker tanker over alleged misconduct

17 Oct 2018

Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor, also known as the Johor Port Authority (JPA), detained two vessels in Malaysia waters on Tuesday (16 October, 2018) morning 0845 hrs (local time) over “trespassing and entry without reporting”, according to an official document seen by Manifold Times.

The Malta-flagged oil tanker Adafera (IMO 9258478) did not report its position on radio channels VHF 11 and VHF 16 upon arrival and closed its distance with the Malaysia-flagged bunker tanker Singa Berlian to conduct bunkering activity, it stated.

The agency managing the operation further did not own a valid license for bunkering activity issued by JPA.

The event on Tuesday morning unfolded in the following details:

0845 hrs – The vessel traffic monitoring system (VTMS) detect Adafera entering the Johor port limit with reporting to the Johor Port Control and anchored. The vessel was contacted through radio channels VHF 11 and VHF 16 but did not respond.

0900 to 1100 hrs – Bunker tanker Singa Berlian closed its distance with Adafera. Singa Berlian also did not respond over VHF 11 and VHF 16.

Following, the VTMS unit contacted the agency of Singa Berlian to get a validation. The agency South Sea Marine Services Sdn Bhd claimed both vessels were in a bunkering operation managed by their company and have a permit from the Marine Department for the activity.

The VTMS unit briefed the agency about the procedure of ship arrival that is needed to be obliged and asked the agency to contact the ship to prepare for radio communication VHF 11; it also reviewed an internal JPA system and confirmed South Sea Marine Services Sdn Bhd did not own a license for bunkering activity in the port limits of Johor Bahru.

1200 hrs – The vessel was detained at the position Lat : 01°20.1900’N Long. : 104° 17.9240’E

The above operation was conducted by the following parties: Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor (Johor Port Authority), Jabatan Laut Malaysia (Southern Region Marine Department), and Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia – APMM (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency).

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Tony Hogwood
Published: 17 October, 2018

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