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Malaysia: MMEA maintains effort to keep up security, Italy registered vessel detained

05 Apr 2021

The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Sunday (4 April) said it has kept up its efforts to patrol eastern Johor waters for vessels anchoring illegally even though ‘Ops Jangka Haram’ ended last week.

MMEA Johor Maritime Director Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the patrol team detained a Torre Del Greco, Italy registered vessel at 2.45 pm on Saturday, 3 April 12.6 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar.

Initial investigations revealed the vessel had purportedly anchored without obtaining a permit from the Malaysian Marine Department.

The Captain and Chief Officer have been brought to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone office for further investigations under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

‘Ops Jangka Haram’ was launched when the MMEA discovered that waters east of Johor has become a “hotspot” for foreign vessels to anchor illegally and conduct unlawful activities such as  illegally releasing oil into the ocean. In a single sweep, the patrol team detected 105 vessels anchoring illegally.

It was conducted over seven days from 24 to 30 March and involved five of MMEA’s ships, four patrol teams, two helicopters and two teams from the Special Task and Rescue Force (PTK).

As part of the operation, MMEA reported it has detained 18 vessels, almost all of which are foreign flagged vessels. After being warned by the patrol team, nine vessels chose to pay the anchorage fee, and 71 other vessels left the area.

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

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 5 April, 2021

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