The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Friday (26 April) morning detained two vessels in the waters off Terengganu, Malaysia over an alleged illegal ship to ship (STS) oil transfer operation.
MMEA patrol vessels, acting on a tip off, spotted the Maju Laut and Harmoni Satu alongside each other at around 2 nautical miles from Kuala Kemaman, said Pahang MMEA Operations Deputy Director Captain V. Pannir Selvan, in a MMEA document.
An initial inspection found both vessels conducting a diesel oil transfer operation; however, they failed to produce valid documents and permissions for the operations.
As such, the vessels were detained and taken to Kemaman Maritime Zone for further investigation.
“Maritime Malaysia takes this matter seriously and continuously enhances monitoring of vessels rooting in the waters of the country to ensure they are in compliance with national laws,” it states.
“In the meantime, the public are encouraged to cooperate and help in addressing any complaints or offenses in the waters of the country by calling MERS 999 or Pahang APMM Operation Center at 09-5717345 and Kemaman Maritime Zone at 09-8581653.”
Published: 29 April, 2019
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