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Singapore: Chemical tanker “Green Land” placed under Sheriff’s arrest, boxship also detained

Ships including “Xin Xin Shan” were added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system; arrests were made on behalf of law firms PDLegal LLC and DennisMathiew.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged oil and chemical tanker Green Land was arrested in Singapore waters on Wednesday (17 April). 

The 46,136 DWT 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 3.30pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm PDLegal LLC. The ship is currently held at Global OM (Offshore & Marine) – Grid 3816C. 

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

China-flagged container ship Xin Xin Shan was also placed under Sheriff’s arrest at 12.10pm on 20 April.  The ship is currently held at Eastern Anchorage and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm DennisMathiew. 

 

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Published: 23 April 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

Sierra Leone-registered cargo vessel was detained at 13.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar and a tanker registered from Comoros at south-east nine nautical miles, Tanjung Balau.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

The Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (22 April) said an oil tanker and a cargo ship were detained in two enforcement operations for anchoring illegally on 21 April.

Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said both ships were detained by MMEA operational teams at different locations in Johor waters.

A Sierra Leone-registered cargo vessel that was detained at 11am at 13.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar.

The second incident involved a tanker, registered in Comoros, at the south-east nine nautical miles, Tanjung Balau.

Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

A tanker, registered in Comoros, was detained nine nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Balau

The detained cargo ship crew consisted of 15 Bangladeshi and Indonesian nationals, aged between 25 to 56, while the tanker was operated by 29 Indian, Pakistani and Iranian nationals aged between 21 to 54.

The captain and crew members were brought to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone for further investigation under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

Since 24 March 2021, a total of 297 merchant vessels were detained including 34 ships recorded for 2024 so far. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 24 April 2024

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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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