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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker during op at Tanjung Kelesa, Johor

26 Jul 2021

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) of Johor State on Friday (23 July) at about 12:30 pm in the afternoon arrested a Panama-registered oil tanker due to suspected illegal anchoring in Eastern Johor waters.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria said the oil tanker was spotted at 14.6 northeastern nautical miles of Tanjung Kelesa, Johor.

MMEA operations found nine Indonesian crews aged between 24-49 years old with valid self-introduction paper but failed to present required documents for anchoring. 

The vessel, along with all crew, have been arrested and face investigation under Section 491B (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 that allocates a fine of not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the hotline of Johor State Maritime Operations Center at (07-219 9404) when encountering any maritime crime or emergency.

A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 26 July, 2021


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