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MMEA Johor arrests “Sierra Leone”-registered tanker and local fishing boat

02 Jul 2021

An oil tanker and a local fishing boat were arrested by the Maritime Malaysia (MMEA) State of Johor at two different locations on Wednesday (30 June), it said.

The first arrest involved a Sierra Leone-registered oil tanker at 16.8 miles north-east of Tanjung Sedili Kechil around 1.40 pm, according to Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria.

The second arrest involved a local fishing boat at 22.6 miles east of Tanjung Sedili Besar around 3.45 pm.

These two arrests were carried out by MMEA patrol boats while undergoing enforcement operations around East Johor’s waters.

The detained tanker was controlled by seven Indonesian crews between 36 to 54 years old and had a valid self-introduction document. Further inspection found the ship skipper failing to submit any remote consent documents; as such, the vessel was arrested under Section 491 B (1) (l) Trader Shipping Ordinance 1952.

The local fishing boat was operated by four Indonesian crew aged between 20 to 44 years old who had documents and permits. The boat was found to have committed a mistake under the Fisheries Act 1985.

A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):

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Photo credit: MMEA
Published: 2 July, 2021




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