The Malaysia Pasukan Polis Marin Wilayah 5, known as Marine Police Force Region 5 (PPM W5) on Wednesday (17 June) seized oil tanker Benawa No.1 for illegally carrying 32,000 litres of undocumented diesel oil.
Team members of PPM W5 were out on patrol with a team from its Marine Risk Assessment Unit (Unit Risikan Marin – URM) as part of the COVID-19 movement control operations when they noticed Benawa No. 1 behaving suspiciously about 7.09 nautical miles from Kuala Bintulu.
Initial inspections revealed the vessel was carrying 32,000 litres of diesel oil but the Captain had no documents to verify the origin of the cargo.
The Captain, two crew members, the vessel and cargo on board have all been detained for unlawfully carrying controlled items without a permit from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
PPM W5 estimates the value of the confiscated lot to be around MYR 1,561,960 (USD 364,858).
A police report has been filed and the case has been handed over to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Bintulu for further action.
Photo credit: Marine Police Force Malaysia
Published: 18 June, 2020
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