The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) announced on Monday (October 18) that its Kemaman Maritime Zone Division had arrested a Port Klang registered an oil tanker with its cargo of diesel on Saturday, October 16.
Kemaman Maritime Zone Director Commander Rashidilhadi bin Abd Rashid said the vessel was stopped around 10:45 p.m. 8.3 nautical miles from Kuala Kemaman.
The ship was piloted by a captain and four crew members, including Indonesians between the ages of 29 and 68.
An initial investigation revealed that the crew had failed to present legal documents, including port release documents, to maritime authorities.
The Port Klang-registered vessel was turned over to authorities while the captain and his crew were brought to the Kemaman Sea Area jetty for further examinations.
If found guilty under the Customs Act 1967, individuals can be fined up to RM50,000 or imprisoned for up to three years, or both.
The MMEA said it will continue to monitor and implement rules and regulations to keep the country’s waters safe and secure.
A series of previous MMEA detentions in 2021 were reported by the bunkering publication Manifold Times (below):
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Photo credit: MMEA
Posted: October 19, 2021