Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Sunday (12 September) said it has arrested two vessels over alleged illegal anchoring activity at East Johor.
Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the bulk carrier and oil tanker were respectively arrested on 9 September and 11 September at 15 nautical miles north-east Tanjung Penawar, Johor.
The Liberia-registered bulk carrier was operated by 22 Filipino individuals while the Vietnamese-registered oil tanker was manned by 27 Vietnamese crew.
According to MMEA, both Captains claimed innocence for anchoring in Malaysia’s waters but failed to present supporting documents.
Individuals found guilty under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.
Shipowners and Captains are advised to gather accurate information on entering Malaysia’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: 13 September, 2021
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