A Port Klang registered oil tanker was detained by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Sunday (13 March) due to an anchoring violation, it said.
The vessel, found at about seven nautical miles from southwest Kuala Bakam, anchored outside port limits without permission from the Malaysia Marine Department, according to Marine Captain Mohd Shafie bin Haji Paing, a Director at Miri Maritime Zone.
An initial inspection found the vessel to be operated by a Malaysian Captain with a crew of seven Myanmar citizens aged between 22 years to 53 years. All seven Myanmar crew failed to submit any valid self-identification documents when examined by the authorities.
Due to the development, MMEA issued a detention order against the crew and the ship for further action and investigation.
The case will be investigated under the Malaysia Immigration Act of 1959/63 for failing to present a valid self-identification documents, and under the Malaysia Shipping Ordinance 1952/60 for anchoring without permission from the Director General of the Malaysia Marine Department.
If convicted, parties can be fined not more than RM100,000 or face two years imprisonment, or both.
A series of vessel detentions made by MMEA earlier this year can be found below:
Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 15 March, 2022
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