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MMEA detains vessels in alleged illegal STS fuel transfer operation

20 Nov 2018

Two unidentified vessels suspected of carrying out an illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer have been reportedly detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) unit at Miri, Sarawak on Saturday (17 November) for investigations.

The vessels were transferring 51,000 litres of diesel worth MYR 91,800 at 12.35 am at 7.4 nautical miles off Tanjong Kuala Baram.

The crew of eight Malaysians and four Indonesians have also been detained.

“Based on the information received from the intelligence unit, our patrol team went to the location and detected the two vessels carrying out STS fuel transfer,” said MMEA District 13 chief, Fauzi Othman, as quoted by the Borneo Post.

“After checking, they two vessels were found to be carrying out the activity without any licence.”

The case will be investigated under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for failing to inform the Marine Department director of ship-to-ship activity.

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 20 November, 2018


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