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Malaysia: MMEA detains two vessels over alleged illegal anchoring at Johor

15 Nov 2021

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Sunday (14 November) said it has detained two vessels over alleged illegal anchoring in East Johor between 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday. 

Director of Maritime State of Johor, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the vessels were separately arrested while at 11.5 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Siang and 8.3 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau.

An initial investigation found the Panama-registered oil tanker was manned by five crew members consisting of Indonesians and Burmese between 20 to 38 years of age.

The Cyprus-registered vessel was operated by 20 crew members including Filipino and Ukrainian individuals between 21 to 49 years of age.

Further investigation found both vessels failed to submit supporting documents to the maritime authorities.

The vessel and its crew members have been detained and investigated under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, where individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

MMEA will continue to implement enforcement in the country’s waters and advises shipowners to ask for permission from the Malaysian Sea Department before anchoring and to follow rules and regulations during activities in Malaysian waters.

A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by bunkering publication Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 15 November, 2021

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