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Malaysia: MMEA detains cargo ship “MV Kong” for alleged illegal anchoring

28 Dec 2021

The Penang division of Maritime Malaysia Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (25 December) said it has detained Sierra Leone registered cargo ship MV Kong at 0.7 nautical miles west of Bagan Ajam around 1.30 pm on Friday.

Penang State Maritime Director, Marine Captain Abd Razak bin Mohamed, said the vessel was detained as it allegedly anchored without permission given by Malaysian authorities.

The ship, including its Captain, is operated by a total of nine crew members; three of them Indonesian citizens aged 41 to 47 and six Iranians aged 34 to 47 years.

Results of further investigations found that they were suspected of committing a mistake under Section 491B(1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

As such, the ship and its crew were taken to the Batu Uban PPM Jetty to be handed over to the Maritime Investigation Officer of Penang. 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.

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: 28 December, 2021

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