The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained cargo vessel MV Iseaco Fortune at approximately 14.5 nautical miles southwest of Sekinchan, Selangor on Wednesday (5 October) morning as part of Operation Ehsan to catch vessels illegally anchoring in state waters.
Selangor State Maritime Director Maritime Captain Siva Kumar a/l Vengadasalam said the vessel was detected through the Malaysian Maritime Surveillance System (SWASLA) radar at the Klang Area Command Center (ACC) after receiving information from the Selangor State Maritime Operations Center and the Central Region Marine Department.
Maritime patrol boats proceeded to Sekinchan waters for inspection and found the Panama-registered cargo vessel to be operated by 19 male Chinese crew members, including the Captain, aged between 26 and 52 years.
All of the ship’s crew members had valid identification documents; however, the Captain failed to submit anchoring permission documents to the Marine Department.
The case is being investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
Two crew members from the cargo ship were taken to the Selangor State Maritime Headquarters for further investigation.
If convicted, a fine of not more than RM 100,000 or two years’ imprisonment, or both, can be imposed.
A series of detentions conducted by MMEA over alleged illegal anchoring violations earlier this year are as follows:
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Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 6 October, 2022
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