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MMEA detains Panama registered tanker for allegedly anchoring illegally in Selangor

22 Feb 2021

The Selangor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (20 January) said it detained a Panama flagged tanker for allegedly anchoring without a permit on Friday, 19 February. 

“The vessel was discovered 4.5 nautical miles Southwest of Tanjung Gabang at 12.30 MMEA patrol vessel KM Danga which was out on patrol,” said Maritime Captain Mohamad Rosli bin Kassim, Diretor, MMEA Selangor.

MMEA discovered the vessel on its journey from Singapore to South Africa.

Maritime Captain Rosli noted there were 25 crew onboard, all of whom were Chinese nationals aged between 30 to 57 years old holding proper identification documents. 

The detention order for the vessel has been issued and two crew members have been brought to the Selangor State Maritime Headquarters for further investigations. 

Maritime Captain Rosli 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: 22 February, 2021

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