A 58-year-old Indonesian Captain of the Motor Tanker (MT) Hippo 1 registered in Ulanbataar, Mongolia was issued a RM 500,000 fine by the State Court of Kota Tinggi, Johor on Wednesday (14 August), according to the Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
The accused was found guilty on a charge under Section 361 (3) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for having no insurance policy or financial security under non-compliance of the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) Convention.
According to MMEA, the MT Hippo 1 was earlier detained by a Malaysian Maritime Patrol on September 6, 2018 at 2.6 nautical miles west of Tanjung Penyusop after failing to submit any insurance documents and obtaining permission to anchor from the Director of Marine.
The same Captain was also fined RM 28,000 on 4 November, 2018 after pleading guilty to an offense under Section 491B (1) (l) covering permission to anchor. His 12-month prison sentence starts Wednesday if unable to pay the fine.
Photo credit: Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia
Published: 15 August, 2019
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