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Malaysia: MMEA arrests Indonesian oil tanker over alleged entry permission offense

30 Aug 2021

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (27 August) said it has arrested an oil tanker over an alleged entry permission offense at eastern Johor’s waters.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the Batam-registered oil tanker was arrested by Maritime Malaysia assets at 8.50 am at 11 eastern nautical miles of Tanjung Penawar, Johor.

The vessel was manned by 18 Indonesian crew aged between 19 to 56 years old with valid self-introduction certificates.

According to the Captain, the oil tanker left Kalimantan on 19 August and was heading to Singapore on 26 August.

The Captain and the Chief Engineer have been brought to Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone office for further investigation for offences under Section 491 B (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.

MMEA says it takes attempts by vessels to enter and leave Malaysian waters without permission seriously.

Captains are advised to inform the authority for their vessel’s arrival and ensure permission for activities within Malaysian waters has been obtained.

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: 30 August, 2021

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