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Malaysia: MMEA detains unnamed Korean-flagged VLCC in Johor waters

17 Feb 2020

The Tanjung Sedili division of the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (14 February) detained an unnamed Korean-flagged VLCC, according to an MMEA official statement.

The case is investigated under section 491B(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring in a non-anchorage area without permission. 

The VLCC was found 6.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar at 1611 hours on Friday.

The inspection found the ship was manned by 22 crew members (Master included), consisting of Filipino and Korean nationals, said an official statement.

If found guilty under section 491B(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, those convicted may face a fine of up to RM100,000 or a jail term of up to two years or both.

The MMEA official statement highlighted Malaysia’s territorial waters extending as far as Eastern Bank, Ramunia Shoal, and North Patch even though they are beyond 12 nautical miles from the nearest land. 

Photo credit: Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia
Published: 17 February, 2020

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