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Malaysia: MMEA detains unnamed oil tanker in Johor waters

19 Feb 2020

The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (17 February) detained an unnamed Equatorial Guinea-flagged oil tanker, it said.

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

The oil tanker was found 4.5 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor at 1050 hours on Monday.

An inspection found the ship being manned by 7 crew members; however 2 of the crew members, including the ship Master, are missing. The crew members consisted of Indonesian nationals.

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.

Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 19 February, 2020

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