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Malaysia: MMEA detains two cargo ships over alleged illegal anchoring

12 Sep 2022

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (9 September) said it has detained two cargo ships for alleged illegal anchoring offences in East Johor on 8 September.

Johor MMEA Tanjung Sedili acting director Maritime Commander Mohd Najib Sam said the first vessel, a Vietnam-registered ship, was detained at 12.40pm about 17.3 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Penawar.

“There were 20 Vietnamese male crew members on board, including the captain, aged between 24 and 43,’’ he said in a statement.

Malaysia: MMEA detains two cargo ships over alleged illegal anchoring

He said the second vessel, a Monrovia-registered, was detained at 5.45pm about 16.9 nautical miles off Tanjung Sedili Kechil.

There were 24 Filipino male crew members on board of the vessel, including the captain, aged between 24 and 62.

The captains of both vessels failed to produce documents from MMEA for permission to anchor in the area, said Mohd Najib.

“The vessels have been detained while the captains and the crews were brought to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone headquarters for further action,” he said. 

According to him, the cases were being investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

Mohd Najib said six vessels had been detained this month alone for illegal anchoring in Malaysian waters.

“This brings the total numbers of merchant vessels detained this year to 38, including foreign and Malaysian-registered vessels, for the same offense,’’ he said.

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 12 September, 2022

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