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Malaysia: MMEA Johor detains Singapore-flagged VLCC for anchoring without permit

24 Aug 2020

The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (21 August) said it arrested a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) 13 nautical miles east of Tanjung Siang in Johor on Thursday (20 August) for anchoring without permit.

The Singapore-flagged vessel was discovered by the patrol team around 2.15pm in the afternoon and failed to produce any documents to prove that it had obtained permission to berth in the area. 

“The 245m long vessel had 22 crew members on board from Ukraine, Chine, Myanmar, and Georgia,” said Maritime Capt Mohd Zulfadli Nayan MMEA Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone Director.

“This is the fourth case involving ships anchoring without permission this month and ship owners are urged to obtain anchoring permits from the MMEA.”

The case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for the offence, and if found guilty, carries a maximum jail term of two years and or a maximum fine of RM 100,000 (USD  23,823).

Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 24 August, 2020

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