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Panama-flagged crude oil tanker “Inherit” arrested in Singapore 

Ship was added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system and ship is currently at Eastern Bunkering Anchorage; arrest was made on behalf of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.

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A Panama-flagged crude oil tanker, Inherit, was arrested in Singapore waters on Tuesday (14 November). 

The 299, 325 DWT vessel added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 12.56am and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. The ship is currently held at Singapore’s Eastern Bunkering Anchorage. 

No details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

According to maritime analytics provider Marine Traffic, the vessel was built in 1999, 24 years ago. 

Photo credit:  Justin Lim on Unsplash
Published: 16 November, 2023

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was captain of ship and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen, as well as a tanker lorry driver.

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The Tawau Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (9 April) detained a tugboat and a tanker lorry that were found to be carrying out an illegal fuel transfer in the waters of Tanjung Batu, Tawau.

MMEA Tawau Zone Director Shahrizan Raman said patrol boats received information from Tawau Maritime Zone intelligence unit regarding the operation at Komsa Tanjung Batu jetty at around 2.10 am.

Patrol boats that arrived at the scene found a tanker lorry on the jetty transferring about 10,000 litres of fuel to a tugboat.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

During the raid, MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was the ship captain and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen. The tanker lorry driver, a local, was also arrested in the operation.

All suspects were men and aged 32 to 57 years. MMEA added an inspection of their documents found no authorisation permits related to the fuel transfer activity.

MMEA said the boat and tanker lorry were seized with their fuel cargo before being escorted to the Tawau Maritime Zone Jetty for further investigation.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The value of the seized items and fuel was estimated to be almost MYR 250,000.

This case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967, Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Petroleum Development Act 1974. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 15 April 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

Two tankers, registered in Panama and Palau, were found to be transferring crude oil without any documents of authorisation to carry out the operation on 26 March.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

The Melaka and Negeri Sembilan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (27 March) said it detained two ships that were conducting an illegal ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of crude oil on 26 March in waters off Kuala Linggi, Melaka.

Melaka and Negri Sembilan MMEA director Capt (M) Mohd Khairi Abd Aziz said a patrol vessel found the ships about three nautical miles south of Tanjung Dahlan. 

“Investigations found the tanker was transferring an oil cargo, suspected to be crude oil, to another tanker without having any documents of authorisation to carry out the operation,” said Capt Mohd Khairi.

Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tankers for illegal STS crude oil transfer in Melaka

The first tanker, registered in Panama, was operated by 26 crew including a captain including 16 Chinese nationals, four Sri Lankans and six Myanmar nationals.

While the second tanker, registered in Palau, was operated by 22 crews including the captain, 19 Russians, and three more from Georgia, Latvia and Indonesia.

The tankers were detained for investigations under Section 49 1B(1)(k) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for conducting a STS oil transfer illegally and Section 49 1B (1)(l) for anchoring without permission. 

If found guilty, the offenders can face a fine up to MYR 100,000 or up to two years’ jail or both. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 28 March 2024

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Chemical tanker “GB Venture” placed under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore

Singapore-flagged vessel was added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in republic’s court system and is currently at Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage; arrest was made on behalf of Oon & Bazul LLP.

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A Singapore-flagged chemical and oil products tanker, GB Venture, was arrested in the republic’s waters on Friday (22 March). 

The vessel was added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 6.54 pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Oon & Bazul LLP. The ship is currently held at Singapore’s Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage.

No details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

 

Photo credit: Justin Lim on Unsplash
Published: 26 March 2024

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