The Perak state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (25 January) said it detained a Sierra Leone registered tanker for allegedly anchoring illegally around Pulau Buloh on Saturday, 23 January.
“The vessel was found 4.4 nautical miles south of Pulau Buloh by patrol boat Penggalang 13 which was out performing its rounds ,” said Maritime Captain Shahrizan bin Raman, MMEA Perak.
“It was detained around 1.15 pm after failing to produce any anchoring permit from the Malaysia Marine Department.”
Initial investigations revealed the tanker was carrying an oil cargo from Linggi, Melaka to Indonesia.
The vessel had 23 crew onboard aged between 30 to 65 years old from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The vessel and all crew have been detained at Pulau Pangkor’s ‘South East Point’ (SEP) for further action.
The case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit.
MMEA said it will continue to increase its efforts to increase safety in Malaysian waters throughout the Malaysia Movement Control Order.
A series of MMEA detentions was reported by Manifold Times (below) in 2020:
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Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 26 January, 2021
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