• Follow Us On Our Preferred Social Media Platform:

MMEA detains tanker ‘MT Tahiti’ in Malacca waters for anchoring without a permit

04 Jan 2021

The Malacca & Negeri Sembilan state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (31 December) said it detained a Malta-registered tanker MT Tahiti (IMO No. 9600877) for anchoring illegally in southwestern Malacca waters on Wednesday afternoon.

“The vessel was found 4.9 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Upeh after a tipoff from the Malacca Marine Department’s patrol team,” said Maritime Commander Azman bin Samsudin, Deputy Director (Operations), MMEA Malacca & Negeri Sembilan.

MT Tahiti was detained around 1.15 pm after failing to produce any anchoring permit from the Malaysia Marine Department.”

The vessel had 26 crew onboard aged between 19 to 56 years old from the Hellenic Republic, Romania, the Philippines and Russia.

The case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit.

MMEA said it will continue to increase its efforts to increase safety in Malaysian waters and urges the public to report any suspicious activity in Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to its 24-hour hotline 06-3876730.

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

Related: MMEA detains St Kitts & Nevis registered tanker for anchoring illegally in eastern Johor
Related: MMEA detains Malaysia & Mongolia registered tankers for anchoring illegally in Johor
Related: Malaysia: MMEA detains tanker for anchoring without a permit in southeastern Johor
Related: MMEA evicts five international merchant ships from Malaysian waters for illegal anchoring
Related: Malaysia: MMEA detains three vessels for conducting illegal ship-to-ship oil transfer
Related: Malaysia: Captains of two vessels previously detained by MMEA fined MYR 65,000
Related: Malaysia: MMEA Johor detains two vessels in illegal ship-to-ship bunker transfer
Related: Malaysia: MMEA detains Singapore-flagged bunker tanker for anchoring without permit
Related: MMEA Johor detains Mongolian-flagged tanker for anchoring without permit
Related: MMEA Johor detains Panama-flagged tanker for anchoring without a permit
Related: Malaysia: MMEA Johor detains tanker carrying 80 tonnes of Marine Diesel Oil
Related: MMEA Johor detains second Mongolian-flagged tanker this week for illegally anchoring
Related: Malaysia: MMEA Johor detains Mongolia-flagged tanker for anchoring without permit

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

Related News

Featured News

Our Industry Partners

  • argus

PR Newswire