Penang State Maritime Director, Maritime Kepten Abd Razak bin Mohamed, on Wednesday (30 June) said the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has arrested of the Hong Kong-registered tanker tank ship- New Laurel.
The arrest was from information received from an air operation along the Straits of Melaka, where the ship was spotted at a location about 57 southwest nautical miles off Kendi Island around 12.00 pm yesterday.
During the inspection, a total of 27 crew including the skipper were found. The crew consisted of South Koreans, Filipinos and China who all had legal self-introduction documents; however, the skipper had failed to present any documents and failed to inform the vessel’s arrival in Malaysia’s waters.
As such, the ship’s crew was later handed over to the Penang State Maritime Headquarters for further investigation.
The Malaysian Maritime is requesting all ship owners, skippers and shipping agents to ensure that all procedures and regulations are followed before entering and staying in the country’s waters, it states.
Action of ‘force boarding’ by helicopter will be carried out if the involved party refuses to cooperate. This includes issuing offences under the Penal Code for preventing civil servants from performing duty.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Published: 1 July, 2021
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