Malaysia Arrests Five Cargo Vessels Over Entry-Related Permission Offences

On Monday (16 August), the Johor division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said that it has arrested five vessels over a six-hour operation on Sunday. These ships had allegedly committed entry-related permission offences.

The Johor State Maritime Director has said that a cargo ship and two tankers had been arrested by the MMEA through Op Anchor Haram, in the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone. Two barter trade vessels had also been arrested in the Batu Pahat Maritime Zone. All the vessels failed to provide documents permitting them to sail in Malaysia’s waters.

The first detention had involved a cargo ship registered with Togo. This took place around 9.50 am and at about 13 eastern nautical miles away from Tanjung Balau, Johor. This vessel had a 16 member crew comprising Egyptians and Syrians between 22 and 46 years of age.

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Around 2.00 pm, a tanker registered with Cayman Island had been arrested at approximately 13 nautical miles northeast of Johor. This tanker was being operated by a 27 member crew comprising Russian and Filipino seamen who were between 20 and 57 years.

At about 13.9 nautical miles east of Tanjung Siang, the third detention had been carried out against a Panama-registered vessel. The detention point was not too far from where the second had been arrested. The Panama-registered tanker was manned by a 25 member crew comprising Russian and Filipino seamen aged between 23 and 63 years.

At about 3.35 pm and nearly 2.5 nautical miles away from southwest Tanjung Tohor, in the Batu Pahat Maritime Zone, two barter trade boats were again arrested by the MMEA. These were being manned by eight Indonesian crew members aged between 25 and 42 years.

All vessels have been arrested and are to be investigated per Section 491 B (1) (l) of Merchant Shipping Ordinance (1952). If guilty, parties are will either be fined or imprisoned. In rare cases, it may be both. The fine, however, will not exceed RM 100,000 while the imprisonment term will not be beyond two years.

Malaysian Maritime [MMEA] will continue increasing enforcement around Johor waters to curb the rise of illegal distanced vessels. It has been advised that shipping agents and ship owners continue following state water laws, particularly in Johor.

Reference: manifoldtimes

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