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MMEA detains Niue registered tanker for anchoring illegally in eastern Johor waters

04 Jan 2021

The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (31 December) said it detained a tanker for anchoring illegally in eastern Johor waters on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tanjung Sedili Maritime Director, Captain Mohamad Sulhan bin Zainon said the Niue registered vessel was discovered by the patrol team at 12.40 p.m. around 3.5 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Penyusop.

Initial investigations revealed a Captain and ten crew members from Indonesia, aged between 35 to 63 years old.

“All parties involved will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit,” added Captain Mohamad Sulhan. 

“If convicted, the owner of the vessel and the Captain could face a maximum fine of MYR 100,000 (USD 24,682) or a jail term of up to two years or both.”

Captain Mohamad Sulhan 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 Johor waters.

A series of MMEA detentions was reported by Manifold Times (below) in 2020: 

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Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 4 January, 2020

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