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MMEA detains Liberian registered tanker for allegedly anchoring illegally in Perak

15 Mar 2021

The Perak state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (13 March) said it detained a Liberian flagged tanker for allegedly anchoring without a permit on Friday, 12 March.

“The vessel was discovered 30.2 nautical miles southeast of Pulau Jarak at 16.15 by the APMM Subang Air Station’s patrol team who then notified us of the vessel behaving suspiciously,” said Maritime Captain Shahrizan bin Raman, Director, MMEA Perak.

MMEA said it suspects the vessel is on its way from Chittagong to Singapore. 

Maritime Captain Shahrizan noted there were 19 crew onboard who were a mix of Malaysians, Russians, Liberians and Ukrainians aged between 30 to 65 years.

The vessel and all crew onboard have been detained at ‘South East Point’ (SEP) at Pangkor Island to conduct further investigations.

Maritime Captain Shahrizan reminded all shipowners any activity in Malaysian waters requires the appropriate permits to be issued by the authorities in order to avoid legal action being taken and that the MMEA is being vigilant to safeguard security in Malaysian waters.

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

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 15 March, 2021

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