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MMEA detains Japan-registered ‘Eneos Ocean’ for allegedly anchoring without permission

17 Jun 2021

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor State on Tuesday (15 June) afternoon detained a tanker suspected of anchoring without permission in Penang waters.

Penang State Maritime Director, Maritime Captain Abd Razak bin Mohamed, said the Japan-registered Eneos Ocean was detained by the Malaysian Maritime patrol vessel KM Burau at 53 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Kendi at about 4.00 pm.

The ship, en route from Singapore to Fujairah, was manned by 26 crew comprising of four Japanese nationals including the captain and 22 Filipino crew members who all had valid identification documents, but failed to submit any anchor permission documents and failed to notify arrival at Malaysian waters, according to MMEA.

The captain and the three crew were taken to the Penang State Maritime headquarters for further investigation.

The case will be investigated under Section 491B (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which oversees violations of anchoring without the permission of the Director of Marine Malaysia.

If found guilty, personnel can be fined not more than RM100,000 or face imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both.

“Maritim Malaysia 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,” states MMEA.

“The Malaysian Maritime Authority will always ensure the safety and sovereignty of the country’s waters are preserved.

“Any complaints of maritime crime misconduct at sea or any emergency immediately contact the Penang State Maritime Operations Center hotline at (04-2626146) or 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: 17 June, 2021

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