The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (13 August) said it has detained a tanker for anchoring without a permit at the Tompok Utara area along the Johor east coast.
The Port Klang-registered vessel was discovered by the patrol team at 1.00 pm, 2.6 nautical miles north of Tanda Suar Tompok Utara, it said.
Initial investigations revealed that the vessel did not have a permit for anchorage. The nine crew members onboard were Myanmar nationals, Malaysians and Sri Lankans.
The vessels were detained for violating Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for the offence, and if found guilty, carries a maximum jail term of two years and or a maximum fine of RM 100,000 (USD 23,823).
“I would like to remind the maritime community that the waters along Permatang Timur (Eastern Bank), Beting Ramunia (Ramunia Shoal) and Tompok Utara (North Patch) are still considered Malaysian waters and not international waters even though it exceeds twelve nautical miles from the nearest coastline,” said Maritime Capt Mohd Zulfadli Nayan MMEA Tanjung Sedili maritime zone director.
“Therefore, any activity in those areas would still require a permit from Malaysian authorities.”
Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 14 August, 2020
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