The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (29 March) reported five days since it launched its special task operations ‘Ops Jangka Haram’ on Thursday, 25 March to crack down on foreign vessels anchoring illegally in eastern Johor, no new vessels have been detected
Johor Maritime Director Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the MMEA intensified the level of vigilance by deploying the Special Task and Rescue Force (PTK) team to board the vessels via helicopter to perform surprise inspections.
MMEA announced last Monday (22 March) stated it has 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.
Additionally, the Marine Department of Malaysia said it had detected a 6 km long oil spill in the area on Sunday (21 March) and suspects said vessels to be unlawfully releasing oil into the ocean and endangering the environment.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 30 March, 2021
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