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Malaysia: MMEA arrests oil tanker, provides update on investigations to date

23 Jun 2021

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor State on Sunday (20 June) arrested a Panama-registered tanker around 10 nautical miles off Tanjung Penawar in Johor state, according to a notice on Tuesday.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Maritime Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, noted the oil tanker was operated by a crew of 24 Georgians; and the vessel had a legal self-introduction document.

Update on operation ‘Illegal Anchor’

MMEA, meanwhile, pointed out the success of operation “Illegal Anchor” and said it has successfully arrested 47 ships since launching the operation about three months ago on 24 March 2021.

Prior to the implementation of this operation, it was reported that as many as 105 ships had been illegally anchoring around Eastern Johor waters and this amount was reduced by sudden during the operation.

All 47 of the arrested vessels which have been arrested and investigated under Section 491B (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 face a fine of not exceeding RM100,000 or prison not exceeding two years, or both.

“Ship owners and companies are advised to be more sensitive to procedures and regulations before entering and staying in Malaysia’s waters to avoid legal action taken,” it states.

“If arrested, the investigation and prosecution process will cause the ship to be arrested with the vessel un-operational as long as the bail bond is unpaid.

“For any maritime crime complaints at sea or any immediate emergency call the hotline of Johor State Maritime Operations Center at (07-219 9404) or emergency line MERS 999.”

A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 23 June, 2021

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