The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (30 March) said it has detained five vessels on day six of ‘Ops Jangka Haram’, a special operation to crack down on foreign vessels anchored illegally in eastern Johor waters.
“Vessels MT Minerva Grace, New Dynasty, MT Alami Sky, MT Yolanda, and MT Castor were detained between 11.50 am to 3.45 pm at the Tompok Utara anchorage area,” reported MMEA Johor Maritime Director Nurul Hizam Zakaria.
To date, the MMEA said it has detained 18 vessels under ‘Ops Jangka Haram’ for further investigations and nine vessels have cooperated by paying the anchorage fee necessary to stay in the area.
“We are day six into ‘Ops Jangka Haram’, and of the 105 vessels discovered last week, only 12 stubbornly remain,” added Maritime Director Nurul Hizam.
MMEA announced last Monday (22 March) it has discovered that waters east of Johor has become a “hotspot” for foreign vessels to anchor illegally and conduct unlawful activities such as illegally releasing oil into the ocean. In a single sweep, the patrol team detected 105 vessels anchoring illegally.
Since then, it has been aggressively taking action to evict these vessels, even deploying the Special Task and Rescue Force (PTK) team to board the vessels via helicopter to perform surprise inspections.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 31 March, 2021
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