The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Sunday (26 May) during ‘Ops Khas Pagar’ detained two vessels over unauthorised anchoring at approximately 3.2 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penyusop, Johor, it said.
The first arrest was made to a Dominican Republic-registered tanker at 3.50 pm; the arrest of another ship was carried out later in the same afternoon.
“Another vessel type, a self-propelled barge registered in Singapore, was arrested at about 5.30 pm at 2.6 nautical miles east of the same waters and the results found the vessel failed to produce permission from the Sea Director and it carried not enough crew violating requirement of the Safe Manning Certificate," said Maritime Captain Mohd Zulfadli Nayan, Director of Tanjung Sedili maritime zone (ZMTS).
The first vessel detained was controlled by seven crew aged 32 to 46 years old while the second ship was manned by 12 crew aged 22 to 49 years old; crew from both ships are Indonesian.
Both cases will be investigated under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, Section 491B (1) (l) over unauthorised permission to anchor by the Head of Director of Marine Department Malaysia. If found guilty, parties can be fined not more than RM 100 thousand or face imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
Under for Section 72 (1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 a ship can be fined up to RM 100 thousand if found to have insufficient crew.
“Two crew members of each vessel were taken to the ZMTS office for further action,” states Captain Nayan.
‘Ops Khas Pagar’, held in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya festive season, was launched on 20 May.
Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 29 May, 2019
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