MIRI: Authorities here have seized a cargo ship on suspicion of illegally transporting heavy equipment, trucks, cars and crates of alcohol believed to be worth millions of ringgit.
The seizure was made by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in the South China Sea off the coast of Miri.
Mohd Fauzi Othman, MMEA's Miri chief, confirmed that the locally-registered ship and its cargo plus 10 crewmembers on board have been detained.
He said MMEA patrol teams found the ship at 10.30pm on Aug 2, about nine nautical miles from Bakam.
"Our enforcement teams boarded the ship and found six trucks and heavy machinery, two 4WD vehicles, a Toyota Camry, a Myvi, a Vespa and a cargo of alcohol," he said.
The case is being investigated under the Commercial Shipping Ordinance 1952.
MMEA is probing where the ship was heading and whether the cargo on board was meant for commercial transactions.