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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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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was captain of ship and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen, as well as a tanker lorry driver.

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The Tawau Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (9 April) detained a tugboat and a tanker lorry that were found to be carrying out an illegal fuel transfer in the waters of Tanjung Batu, Tawau.

MMEA Tawau Zone Director Shahrizan Raman said patrol boats received information from Tawau Maritime Zone intelligence unit regarding the operation at Komsa Tanjung Batu jetty at around 2.10 am.

Patrol boats that arrived at the scene found a tanker lorry on the jetty transferring about 10,000 litres of fuel to a tugboat.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

During the raid, MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was the ship captain and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen. The tanker lorry driver, a local, was also arrested in the operation.

All suspects were men and aged 32 to 57 years. MMEA added an inspection of their documents found no authorisation permits related to the fuel transfer activity.

MMEA said the boat and tanker lorry were seized with their fuel cargo before being escorted to the Tawau Maritime Zone Jetty for further investigation.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The value of the seized items and fuel was estimated to be almost MYR 250,000.

This case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967, Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Petroleum Development Act 1974. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 15 April 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

Two tankers, registered in Panama and Palau, were found to be transferring crude oil without any documents of authorisation to carry out the operation on 26 March.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

The Melaka and Negeri Sembilan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (27 March) said it detained two ships that were conducting an illegal ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of crude oil on 26 March in waters off Kuala Linggi, Melaka.

Melaka and Negri Sembilan MMEA director Capt (M) Mohd Khairi Abd Aziz said a patrol vessel found the ships about three nautical miles south of Tanjung Dahlan. 

“Investigations found the tanker was transferring an oil cargo, suspected to be crude oil, to another tanker without having any documents of authorisation to carry out the operation,” said Capt Mohd Khairi.

Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

The first tanker, registered in Panama, was operated by 26 crew including a captain including 16 Chinese nationals, four Sri Lankans and six Myanmar nationals.

While the second tanker, registered in Palau, was operated by 22 crews including the captain, 19 Russians, and three more from Georgia, Latvia and Indonesia.

The tankers were detained for investigations under Section 49 1B(1)(k) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for conducting a STS oil transfer illegally and Section 49 1B (1)(l) for anchoring without permission. 

If found guilty, the offenders can face a fine up to MYR 100,000 or up to two years’ jail or both. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 28 March 2024

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Chemical tanker “GB Venture” placed under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore

Singapore-flagged vessel was added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in republic’s court system and is currently at Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage; arrest was made on behalf of Oon & Bazul LLP.

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A Singapore-flagged chemical and oil products tanker, GB Venture, was arrested in the republic’s waters on Friday (22 March). 

The vessel was added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 6.54 pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Oon & Bazul LLP. The ship is currently held at Singapore’s Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage.

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

 

Photo credit: Justin Lim on Unsplash
Published: 26 March 2024

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