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Malaysia: MMEA arrest two oil tankers during operation at East Johor

02 Sep 2021

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (1 September) said it has arrested two oil tankers suspected of illegal anchoring activity within the country’s waters.

The oil tankers were arrested around 5:00 pm at 17 nautical miles of north-eastern Tanjung Siang, Johor.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the two tankers were registered separately in Mongolia and Equatorial Guinea.

The Mongolia-registered vessel was operated by a crew of seven consisting of Indonesian and Singaporean individuals aged between 23 years to 55 years of age, while the Equatorial Guinea-registered tanker was manned by nine Indonesian crew between 23 years to 59 years old.

According to MMEA, both Captains failed to present supporting documents for anchoring within the country’s waters.

If found guilty under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952,individuals may be  fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

This year, a total of 93 ships have been arrested for offences in the state of Johor.

MMEA will continue to implement enforcement in state waters to ensure that safety and sovereignty of the country’s waters are preserved, it says.

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: 2 September, 2021

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