The Selangor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (5 May) detained a Panama-flagged bulk carrier for alleged illegal anchoring offence at about 21 nautical miles southwest of Sekinchan at 10pm on 4 May.
Selangor MMEA director Maritime Captain Siva Kumar Vengadasalam said the arrest of PACIFIC 07 was the result of information from the Malaysian Maritime Sea Surveillance System based at the Klang Area Control Centre (ACC), which detected the location of the suspicious ship around 1.40pm.
The Central Region Marine Department informed MMEA the bulk carrier did not have permission from MMEA to anchor.
The ship is believed to be heading to Singapore from Chittagong, Bangladesh with 22 male crew members aged between 30 and 59 years, who were all Vietnamese with valid identification documents.
Further investigation found that the captain failed to produce documents showing they have permission to anchor in Malaysian waters and was suspected to have committed an offence under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
If found guilty, individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.
An arrest order on the ship has been issued while the captain and a crew member were brought to the Selangor Maritime Headquarters for further investigations.
Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 9 May, 2023
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