Wisma Putra: Collision between vessels happened within JB Port limits


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Foreign Ministry maintains that the recent collision between a Malaysian vessel and a Greek-registered ship occurred in Malaysian waters, though it is in talks with its Singaporean counterpart.

On Saturday (Feb 9), Malaysian authorities impounded Greek-flagged bulk carrier Pireas and detained its crew after a collision with Malaysian vessel Polaris.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) said their position was that Polaris was within Johor Baru Port limits, adding that officers from both countries' ministries are in discussions on the issue.

"It's common when neighbours share a backyard that there will be some disagreement about who did what in whose yard," he said during a press conference after launching the book "The 10 Principles

For Moderate Malaysia" by moderation advocate Anas Zubedy.

The Singapore foreign ministry had issued a statement that the collision off Tuas took place in Singapore territorial waters.

"Singapore reiterates its call for Malaysia to withdraw its vessels from the area, as the persistent presence of its vessels clearly poses a threat to safety of navigation in the area," it said, adding that Malaysia would be responsible for any "untoward situations" that arise.

Singapore maritime authorities said the incident happened as the Greek vessel was headed to a port in southern Malaysia, and it was allowed to continue its journey as the accident was not serious.

The accident did not cause any injuries or lead to any oil spill.