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Malaysia: MMEA arrests Marshall Islands registered bulk carrier at Johor

26 Oct 2021

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (25 October) said it has arrested a bulk carrier over an alleged illegal anchoring incident at around 11:03 am on Sunday.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the Marshall Islands registered vessel was arrested at a position of 10 nautical miles north-eastern Tanjung Penawar, Johor.

The bulk carrier was operated by 22 individuals consisting of Ukrainian, Russian, Filipino and Sri Lankan crew aged between 20-61 years of age.

Further investigations found the Captain failing to present required documents to the maritime authorities.

The vessel and its crew members were arrested and investigated under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, where individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

MMEA said it will continue to implement strict rules and regulations to ensure the safety and security of the country’s waters.

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: 26 October, 2021

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