A Mongolia-registered oil tanker was arrested on Thursday (8 July) by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement agency (MMEA) of Johor State due to alleged illegal anchoring in the country’s waters.
Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nuru Hizam bin Zakaria said the tanker was positioned at 10.4 nautical miles North of Tanjung Siang, Johor.
MMEA operations found 4 Indonesian crews aged between 27-47 years old; all had valid self-introduction documents but failed to present certain required documents.
As such, the skipper and a crew member were brought to shore for further investigation under Section 491B (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952. If found guilty, parties can be fined not more than RM 100,000 or face not more than two years imprisonment, or both.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact the hotline of Johor State Maritime Operations Center at (07-219 9404) when encountering any maritime crime or emergency.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 9 July, 2021
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