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The vessel that was detained in Malaysian waters.
JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a vessel believed to have anchored without permission and failing to report to the authorities on arriving in Malaysian waters.
Nine Indonesians and a Sri Lanka national, all aged between 22 and 43 years, were aboard the MT Scorpio, which was registered at Tarawa, Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean.
Johor Baru MMEA enforcement chief Kapt Aminuddin Abd Rashid said officers from the agency spotted the vessel about 4.8 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai in Pontian at around 11.05am on Tuesday.
“Investigations showed the ‘MT Scorpio’ crew had failed to inform of their arrival in our waters and had also anchored at a prohibited area,” Kapt Aminuddin said in a statement here yesterday.
The captain of the vessel and its head engineer were taken to the Johor Baru MMEA office for questioning.
Kapt Aminuddin said the owner of the vessel was liable to be charged under Section 491B(1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance (MSO) 1952 for anchoring without permission and failing to inform of the ship’s arrival in Malaysian waters.
“MMEA officers frequently conduct patrols to prevent vessels from entering illegally into the country,” he said, adding that the agency also checked on ships that anchored here to ensure they abided by the maritime laws and as a preventive measure in the event of oil spills resulting from collisions at sea.
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