The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (27 July) morning interrupted a ship-to-ship transfer operation of fuel in eastern Johor waters at 6.7 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Balau, according to local media.
A Belize-registered tanker along with its crew of 10 Indonesians was arrested in the process, according to Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria.
The Belize-registered tanker was allegedly attempting a STS operation with an oil tanker that has been detained by MMEA in an earlier operation; a crew member of the detained oil tanker reported the incident to authorities, he explained in a statement.
The official added the Captain of the Belize-registered tanker failed to submit any documents giving permission for anchoring and the STS operation.
As such, the Captains and Chief Engineers of both vessels have been taken to the Tanjung Sedili maritime zone office for further investigations.
The case is being investigated under Section 491B(I) and Section 491B(K) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 that allocates a fine of not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact the hotline of Johor State Maritime Operations Center at (07-219 9404) when encountering any maritime crime or emergency.
A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 2 August, 2021
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