The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday (8 August) said it has detained two tankers for not having proper documentation at Kota Tinggi, the east coast of Johor.
The unnamed 3,850 dwt and 520 dwt tankers were discovered floating suspiciously close together by the patrol team on Friday (7 August) at around 10 am, 8.9 nautical miles off Tanjung Penawar, Kota Tinggi.
Initial investigations revealed both vessels are registered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and both had eight and six Indonesian crew onboard respectively.
“During the initial inspection, captains of both ships failed to produce the appropriate insurance policies for the vessels and they were found to be anchored without permission,” said Maritime Capt Mohd Zulfadli Nayan MMEA Tanjung Sedili maritime zone director.
Both vessels have violated Section 361(6), Section 381(3) and Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for the offences.
If convicted, Section 381(3) and Section 361(6) carry a fine between MYR 200,000 (USD 47,613) and MYR 500,000 (USD 119,033), and Section 491B(1)(L) carries a minimum fine of MYR 20,000 with a maximum of MYR 100,000.
“The MMEA takes such offences seriously to maintain order and security in Malaysian waters, especially along the east coast of Johor,” added Capt Nayan.
“Therefore all shipowners are advised to apply for anchorage permits from the Marine Department before proceeding to carry out any activities.”
Photo credit: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 11 August, 2020