The Johor State division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (14 August) said it has arrested two more oil tankers over alleged entry violations in East Johor waters.
Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, highlighted a total of four oil tankers have been arrested by MMEA in the week ended 15 August.
Meanwhile, a third tanker was detained on 12 August around 11.33 am at of 14.5 nautical miles of Tanjung Penawar; the Singapore-registered vessel was operated by a total of 21 Chinese and Pakistani crew between 25 to 66 years old.
A fourth tanker ship which is registered from Kiribati was arrested around 2.55 pm on 13 August at 5.4 nautical miles of Tanjung Punggai. The ship was operated four Indonesian crew between 25 to 55 years old.
According to the MMEA, the Captains of both oil tankers have failed to present any permission documents to be in Malaysia’s waters and have been arrested for investigation under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952. If found guilty, parties face a fine not exceeding RM 100,000 or an imprisonment term for not more than two years, or both.
The authority noted it has arrested as many as 80 ships over entry permission related offenses throughout 2021.
“Although several countries have issued warnings to the maritime shipping industry to comply with orders and procedures in Malaysia’s waters, there are still ships that are denying the procedures set,” it stated.
“Malaysian Maritime will continue to improve enforcement to protect the sovereignty and safety of the country’s water.”
A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by bunkering publication Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 16 August, 2021
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