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Malaysia: MMEA detains Mongolia-flagged ‘mini tanker’ at East Johor

18 Aug 2019
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The Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) recently said it has detained an unladen “mini tanker” in the waters of East Johor due to docking without permission on Saturday (17 August) afternoon.

The name of the vessel has been withheld.

“A tanker registered in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia detained the Malaysian Maritime Patrol at 3.1 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penyusop at about 6.45pm,” said Maritime Chief Mohd Zulfadli Bin Nayan, Director of ZMTS.

“Detention was made after an investigation found the tanker failed to issue any consent to anchor from the Director of the Sea.

“The vessel was operated by six crew members including the Indonesian captain (Master) between the ages of 24 and 61 years.

“The case is being investigated under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, Section 491B (1) (l) of the offense without the consent to anchor by the Director of Marine. [The penalty is] a fine of not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.

“The detention is the 24th case involving an offense under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for ZMTS for 2019.”

Moving forward, the Maritime Chief highlighted MMEA will continue to enhance enforcement operations to curb and suppress cross-border crime activities in the country's waters especially the East Johor waters.

Photo credit: Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia
Published: 19 August, 2019


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