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MMEA detains Thailand registered tanker for allegedly anchoring illegally in Selangor

03 Feb 2021

The Selangor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (2 February) said it detained two vessels for allegedly anchoring without a permit in two separate incidents on Monday (1 February).

“Both vessels were discovered 4.6 to 5.5 nautical miles northeast of Kuala Selangor at 11.45 when the patrol team was carrying out Operation EHSAN,” said Maritime Captain Mohamad Rosli bin Kassim, Diretor, MMEA Selangor.

“The first vessel, a Thailand registered tanker, was discovered at 10.00 am with 18 crew onboard. The crew were Thai nationals aged between 20 to 64 and all possessed the necessary identification documents.”

Initial investigations revealed the vessel was allegedly on its way from Dumai, Sumatra to Phú Quốc, Vietnam and the MMEA suspects the vessel does not have a permit to anchor in Malaysian waters.

“The second vessel was discovered at about 12.00 pm and is a Panama flagged cargo vessel on its way from Penang to Port Klang,” added Maritime Captain Rosli.

Maritime Captain Rosli noted the second vessel had 22 crew onboard, all of whom were aged between 19 to 64 from Ukraine, Russia and Tanzania and had the necessary identification documents.

The Captain and Assistant Engineer of both vessels were detained under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 and were 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: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 3 February, 2021

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