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Malaysia: MMEA detains tanker near Sungai Pulai Maritime Pier

26 Aug 2019

The Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), on Thursday (22 August) afternoon detained a tanker containing marine gas oil (MGO) near the Sungai Pulai Maritime Pier for anchoring without permission.

The name of the tanker has been withheld by MMEA.

“The tanker was found anchored by the Johor MN patrol vessel at about 4.6 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor at 1.45pm yesterday [on Thursday],” said First Maritime Admiral Aminuddin bin Haji Abdul Rashid, Johor State Maritime Director.

“As a result of an inspection of a vessel registered in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolia found it unable to obtain any informed consent from the Marine Director”.

According to the spokesman, the vessel is operated by five Indonesians, including the captain (Master), aged between 33 to 55 years old.

The case is being investigated under section 491B (1) (I) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which is anchoring without the consent of the Director of the Sea.

If found guilty the parties could be fined not more than RM100,000 or face imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both.

Photo credit: Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia
Published: 26 August, 2019

 

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