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Malaysia: MMEA detains Vietnam-flagged “MV Hai Phuong Star” over alleged illegal anchoring

21 Oct 2022

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained cargo vessel MV Hai Phuong Star at approximately 27 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Karang, Selangor on Wednesday (19 October) evening.

Selangor State Maritime Director Maritime Captain Siva Kumar a/l Vengadasalam said the vessel was detected through the Malaysian Maritime Surveillance System (SWASLA) radar at the Klang Area Control Centre (ACC) at around 2.30pm. 

Maritime patrol boats proceeded to Tanjung Karang waters for inspection and found the Vietnam-flagged cargo vessel to be operated by 21 Vietnamese crew members. 

All of the ship’s crew members had valid identification documents; however, the Captain failed to submit anchoring permission documents to the Marine Department.

The case is being investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

The captain and a crew member from the cargo ship were taken to the Selangor State Maritime Headquarters for further investigation.

If convicted, a fine of not more than RM 100,000 or two years’ imprisonment, or both, can be imposed.


Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 21 October, 2022

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