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Malaysia: MMEA detains tanker for anchoring without a permit in southeastern Johor

16 Dec 2020

The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (15 December) said it detained a tanker for anchoring illegally around Tanjung Piai in Johor on Monday morning.

Johor Maritime Director Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the vessel was discovered by the patrol team on Operation Jaksa at 10.30 am around 4.2 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai. 

Initial investigations revealed a Captain and six crew members onboard the vessel, all of whom are Indonesian nationals aged between 22 to 53 years old and who do not hold any identification documents.

“All parties involved will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit,” added Maritime Director Zakaria.

“If convicted, the owner of the vessel and the Captain could face a maximum fine of MYR 100,000 (USD 24,682) or a jail term of up to two years or both.” 

Maritime Director Zakaria reminded all shipowners any activity in Malaysian waters requires the appropriate permits to be issued by the authorities in order to avoid legal action being taken and that the MMEA is being vigilant to safeguard security in Johor waters.  

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 16 December, 2020

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