The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (27 January) said it detained a Panama flagged tanker for allegedly anchoring without a permit in eastern Johor waters on Tuesday, 26 January.
“The vessel was discovered 10.6 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau by the patrol team which was out performing its rounds ,” said Maritime Captain Mohamad Sulhan bin Zainon, MMEA Johor.
“It was detained around 1.20 pm after failing to produce any anchoring permit from the Malaysia Marine Department.”
Initial investigations revealed the vessel had 23 crew onboard aged between 21 to 63 years old from India.
The case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit.
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 earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below) :
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Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 28 January, 2021
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