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Malaysia: MMEA detains tanker for illegal anchoring in East Johor waters

Panama-registered vessel was operated by 17 crew members, aged between 21 to 58 years, from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains tanker for illegal anchoring in East Johor waters

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (28 November) said a Panama-registered tanker has been detained for illegally anchoring in East Johor waters on 27 November.

MMEA Tanjung Sedili Zone acting director Maritime Cmdr Mohd Najib Sam said the tanker was detained by a patrol boat at 11am at 15.8 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Penawar.

The captain of the vessel failed to produce any documents that permission had been obtained to anchor in Malaysian waters. 

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The vessel was operated by 17 crew members, aged between 21 to 58 years, from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

The case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without permission. If found guilty, individuals may be fined not exceeding MYR 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

Manifold Times previously reported law firm Oon & Bazul LLP sharing on steps shipowners should keep in mind before anchoring and conducting STS operations in Malaysian waters to avoid detention.

Related: Oon & Bazul to shipowners: Measures to take before anchoring, conducting STS ops in Malaysian waters

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 29 November, 2023

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Malaysia: MMEA detains two cargo vessels for illegal anchoring in Mersing waters

Further inspection found that one of the ships was operated by 12 crew members, all Vietnamese citizens, while the other had 11 crew members who were also Vietnamese citizens.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains two cargo vessels for illegal anchoring in Mersing waters

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (8 February) said two cargo vessels were detained for illegally anchoring at 7.3 nautical miles position northwest of Pulau Pemanggil on 7 February.

MMEA Mersing Zone Comm Maritime Suhaizan Saadin said the ships, registered from a neighbouring country, were detained by a MMEA patrol boat that was conducting routine patrols around the waters of Mersing.

He said the captain of the ship failed to produce relevant documents permitting the ship to anchor in Malaysian waters.

Further inspection also found that one of the ships was operated by 12 crew members, all Vietnamese citizens, while the other had 11 crew members who were also Vietnamese citizens. 

The case is being investigated for an offence under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which carries a fine of not more than RM100,000, a jail term of not more than two years, or both, upon conviction

The captains and chief engineers of the ships were detained and transported to the Mersing Maritime Zone for further investigations. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 13 February, 2024

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Bulk carrier “Prosperity 102” placed under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore

Vessel was arrested at 10.37am and is currently held at Singapore’s Eastern Anchorage; arresting solicitor listed was law firm Helmsman LLC.

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A Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, Prosperity 102, was arrested in Singapore waters on Wednesday (24 January). 

The 47,180 DWT vessel added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 10.37am and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Helmsman LLC. The ship is currently held at Singapore’s Eastern Anchorage. 

No details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

According to maritime analytics provider Marine Traffic, the vessel was built in 1997, 27 years ago.

 

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Published: 26 January, 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains another bulk carrier for illegally anchoring

Development comes after two foreign registered ships as well as a geared bulk carrier were detained by MMEA from 6 January onwards for the same offence.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains another bulk carrier for illegally anchoring

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (10 January) said a Liberia-registered bulk carrier was detained for illegally anchoring at 15 nautical miles west of Kuala Muda, Kedah on 9 January.

Kuala Kedah maritime zone director Maritime Commander Noor Azreyanti Ishak said the Malaysian Maritime Surveillance System in Langkawi spotted MV Stellar Enguri anchoring at the location at 5.45pm. 

Upon inspection, Noor Azreyanti said the captain of the ship failed to produce relevant documents permitting the ship to anchor in Malaysian waters. 

Malaysia: MMEA detains another bulk carrier for illegally anchoring

The case is being investigated under Section 49B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which carries a fine of not more than RM100,000, a jail term of not more than two years, or both, upon conviction.

Since 6 January, MMEA has detained a Majuro-registered geared bulk carrier as well as two foreign-registered ships for illegally anchoring. 

The two ships detained on 8 January in East Johor waters were registered in Basseterre and Majuro.

Related: Malaysia: MMEA detains foreign-registered ships for illegally anchoring in East Johor waters
Related: Malaysia: MMEA detains Majuro-registered geared bulk carrier for illegally anchoring in Batu Pahat waters

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 11 January, 2024

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