Fishing trawler found with cargo of illegal diesel in Miri


MIRI: A fishing trawler was detained in the South China Sea offshore Miri for carrying a cargo of 5,000 litres of illegal diesel.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detected the boat on Friday (April 26) night operating suspiciously.

MMEA Miri enforcement chief Captain Mohd Fauzi Othman told reporters here Saturday (April 27) that his team have detained the boat and its crew and towed them to the Miri jetty.

"The trawler was found two nautical miles offshore Miri.

"When our MMEA patrol boat approached, the crew on the trawler switched off the lights.

"They were behaving suspiciously. Our patrol unit closed in on them and boarded the trawler and we found that they were carrying diesel cargo on board.

"The trawler was registered locally but they had no permit to carry the diesel cargo.

"All four crew members on board including the captain were Indonesians.

"We have seized the boat and detained them," he said.

The suspects will be probed for contravening laws on possession of fuel.