The Labuan marine police on Monday (5 August) seized two vessels and a cargo of diesel fuel, altogether worth approximately RM 15.2 million (US $3.63 million) in value, according to Bernama.
The cargo vessel Success 33 and Off Shore Gemia were approached by marine police in waters off Pulau Papan, about five minutes by boat from Labuan jetty, over suspicion of an illegal ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfer operation.
“This is the biggest seizure in our operation so far,” said Sabah Marine Police (Region 4) Chief Commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali, as quoted by Bernama.
“Our team were patrolling the Labuan waters when they spotted the two vessels, which were anchored next to each other, carrying out suspicious activities.
“Upon checking, our team found that approximately 38,000 litres of diesel worth of RM 134,000 from the Off Shore Gemia vessel was being transferred to the Success 33 cargo vessel without permit and approval from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, which is an offence under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.”
“The Off Shore Gemia worth RM 15 million, Success 33 worth RM 120,000 and the diesel worth RM 134,000 were seized,” he said.
Editor: A check by Manifold Times on several shipping databases did not find any trace of cargo vessel Success 33 and Off Shore Gemia. However, the closest vessel name to Off Shore Gemia was the Malaysia-flagged OSV ‘Gemia’ (IMO: 9473042) which is currently anchored in Labuan at time of writing.
Published: 7 August, 2019
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