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Malaysian Marine Department lodges police report against “Poseidon”

06 Jul 2019

Jabatan Laut Malaysia, also known as Marine Department Malaysia (MDM), on Saturday (29 June) submitted a police report against Malaysia-flagged bunker tanker Poseiden.

It claimed the shipping agent of Poseiden on 26 June declared to MDM’s Pasir Gudang office the bunkering vessel had a valid Certificate of Insurance from the Shipowners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) along with other proper documentation for operations.

However, a countercheck by MDM with the Vessel Registration Department at Port Klang on 27 June suggested the vessel to be operating without a valid Certificate of Insurance while also not being covered for civil liabilities under damage from bunker oil, and oil contamination.

As such, MDM alleged the Certificate of Insurance earlier received from the shipping agent of Poseiden on 26 June was “forged”; resulting in MDM lodging the police report.

Forgery is a serious criminal offence under Malaysia Law penal code section 471; entities guilty of forging documents or certificates purporting to be made by an authority or institute shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Photo credit: MarineTraffic/John Regan
Published: 6 July, 2019


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