The Negeri Sembilan and Melaka state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (25 March) said it has detained a Tanzania-flagged VLCC MT Penny H for being suspected of operating without insurance.
The MMEA said it received a tip off from the Malaysian Marine Department and immediately took action to investigate the vessel.
The 300,361 dwt vessel was discovered by the MMEA 1.9 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Keling, Melaka.
“Early investigations by the team found the Captain of MT Penny H could not produce the Limitation of Liability of Maritime Claims (LLMC) required to operate,” said Maritime Captain Haris Fadzillah bin Abdullah, MMEA Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.
“There were 24 crew members onboard, all of whom are Chinese nationals aged between 22 to 46 years old, and they all possessed legal identification documents.”
The vessel and all crew onboard have been detained for further enquiries and the case will be investigated under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
Maritime Captain Haris added that his team frequently patrols the waters along the Negeri Sembilan – Melaka route and urges the public to report any crimes or suspicions to the MMEA hotline +606-3876730.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 26 March, 2021
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