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MMEA arrests Panama-registered bulk carrier “Anemone” for illegal anchoring

04 Oct 2021

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (30 September) said it has arrested a cargo ship for alleged anchoring at Selangor waters around 3:30 pm on Wednesday.

MV Anemone was on its way from Mauritius, East Africa to Jiangxin, China when approached by Malaysian Authorities for anchoring without permission on 27 September.

Selangor State Maritime Director Captain Mohd Rosli bin Kassim said the Panama-registered vessel MV Anemone was spotted at 13.6 miles southwest of Sungai Besar after failing to inform maritime authorities upon its arrival.

The Panama-registered ship is operated by a Captain and 19 male crew members aged between 21 to 60 years of age consisting of Burmese, Indian and Chinese citizens.

Further inspection found the Captain has failed to present specific documents for anchoring within the country’s waters.

 If found guilty under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

Malaysian Maritime has always taken compliance incidents seriously and proper action will be implemented to ensure the well-being of the country’s waters especially in Selangor’s waters, it states.

Shipping companies or ship owners are advised to follow rules and regulations from the Maritime Authorities before conducting anchoring or other activities in the country’s waters.

The public is advised to contact Selangor State Maritime Operations Center at 03-31760627 (operating 24 hours) or the emergency line at MERS 999 over complaints and information about maritime crime and emergency activities, so that immediate action can be taken by Maritime Malaysia.

A series of earlier MMEA detentions in 2021 have been reported by bunkering publication Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 4 October, 2021

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