A dialogue session between Marine Department Malaysia (MARDEP), Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Malaysian Shipowners’ Association (MASA) was carried out at the MASA Secretariat Office on 4 May, according to a circular seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
The objective of the dialogue moderated by MASA Chairman Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Md Amin was to:
Summary of MARDEP Presentation
Dato` Hj. Baharin Bin Dato Abdul Hamid, the Director General of MARDEP, provided clarification to MASA members on the application of Section 491B(1) of MSO 1952 and MSN 05/2014 regarding areas permitted for lay-up.
He also provided details on the approved anchorage area in Pasir Gudang port limit as well as lay-up area in outer port limit (Tompok Utara).
Five companies have been approved by MARDEP to operate lay-up services located at East Johor Waters (Tompok Utara). They are:
Failure to comply with Section 491B(1) of MSO 1952 and MSN 05/2014 will result in fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
During the dialogue session, MARDEP also mentioned that they are considering to increase the Desaru port limit up to Malaysia Territorial Waters (MTW).
Dato` Hj. Baharin explained to MASA members Section 491B(1) of MSO 1952 and MSN 05/2014 was being enforced to:
Summary of MMEA Presentation
Laksamana Muda (M) Datuk Saiful Lizan Ibrahim, Director of Bahagian Keselamatan Dan Pengawasan Maritim (translated as MMEA), briefly explained Act 660 (Akta Garis Pangkal Zon Maritim 2006) on the baseline and MTW of Malaysian waters.
He also presented statistics on “Ops Jangkar Haram” where 38 vessels were arrested during the operation since March 2021, during the MASA dialogue session.
MMEA mentioned that the operation was necessary to:
Key Takeaways from the MARDEP/MMEA Presentations
In all, MASA noted several key learning points for members from the dialogue session. In all, they are:
Photo credit: Malaysian Shipowners’ Association
Published: 18 May, 2021
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