MMEA Detains 3 Vessels Over Illegal Anchoring

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The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (10 November) has arrested three vessels over alleged illegal anchoring incidents on Tuesday, Manifold Times.

Vessels detained

A tugboat registered in Kuching, Sarawak together with its accompanying barge was arrested at around 10:30 am at a position 11 miles east of Tanjung Penawar; the vessel was manned by nine Indonesian crew between 27 to 45 years of age.

A Malabo-registered oil tanker was separately arrested at 12.5 nautical miles of North East Cape around 2:25 p.m.; it was operated by eight Indonesian individuals between 22 to 54 years of age.

Johor State Maritime Director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam bin Zakaria, said the Captains of the vessels failed to present supporting documents to the maritime authorities.

The vessels and crew members will be investigated under Section 491B (1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, where individuals may be fined not exceeding RM 100,000 or face an imprisonment term of not more than two years, or both.

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Source: Manifold Times

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