The Johor division of Maritime Malaysia Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on 29 March (Tuesday) said it has detained a cargo ship over an alleged illegal anchoring violation.
Director of Maritime State of Johor, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the Indonesia-registered vessel was found 18.4 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau around 12.35 pm.
The cargo ship was operated by 12 Indonesian male crew between 23 to 46 years old, all having valid self-identification documents.
Further investigations of the ship’s documents found it has been anchoring since 25 March; the vessel did not possess any documents from the Marine Director indicating permission to anchor.
The Captain and Chief Engineer of the ship were brought to Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone Office for further investigation under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
If found guilty, parties can be fined no more than RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.
A series of vessel detentions made by MMEA earlier this year can be found below:
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Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 30 March, 2022
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