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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker “Stari” over alleged illegal anchoring

07 Dec 2021

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (4 December) said its division at the state of Perak has detained an oil tanker over alleged illegal anchoring on Thursday.

Maritime Director of Perak State, Captain Shahrizan bin Raman, said the oil tanker was spotted about 14.7 nautical miles off Pangkor Island.

An initial investigation found the oil tanker was operated by a captain and 25 Chinese crew members failing to present supporting documents to the maritime authorities.

Both Captain and Chief Engineer were brought to the Maritime Headquarters of Perak State and will undergo further investigations under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, where individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

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

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 7 December, 2021

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