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MMEA arrests Hong Kong registered tanker, Singapore tugboat in alleged illegal entry

09 Jun 2021

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor State on Tuesday (8 June) said it has arrested a tanker and a tugboat, along with its barge, due to alleged unauthorised entries in Eastern Johor waters on Monday.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Maritime Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the Hong Kong registered tanker was detained at 12 nautical miles east of Tanjung Siang, while the Singapore registered tugboat was detained at 1.8 nautical miles east of Tanjung Ayam.

The detention of both vessels was made around 12.00 noon following a detection report received by the Malaysian Maritime. In the operation, MMEA assigned a ship and a patrol boat to the target location of the detection.

The first arrest was made on a tugboat with a barge operated by five Indonesian crews with valid identity documents and aged between 29 and 50 years.

The second arrest was made on a tanker operated by 21 Indonesian crew members who also had valid identity documents and were between 23 and 58 years old.

Both ship captains were found to have failed to submit any anchor permission documents as well as notification of arrival in Malaysian waters.

The case is being investigated under Section 491B (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which is anchored without the permission of the Director of Marine Malaysia. If found guilty can be fined not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.

To date, a total of 63 cases, included those detained in OP Jangkar Haram, have been detained under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 by the Johor State Maritime in 2021.

MMEA would like to emphasize to all ship owners and captains to ensure that all procedures and rules are followed before entering and anchoring in Malaysian waters. The Malaysian Maritime Authority will always ensure the safety and sovereignty of the country’s waters are preserved.

The Johor State Maritime Operations Center can be contacted for any Any complaints of maritime crime misconduct at sea or any emergency at its hotline at (07-219 9404) or via the MERS 999 emergency line.

A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 9 June, 2021

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