JOHOR BARU: A Singapore-registered steel container ship was seized off the east coast of Johor by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
Tanjung Sedili Zone MMEA deputy director of operations Tan Ah Bik, in a press statement, said that the ship was seized 11.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar on Tuesday (Nov 26).
"A MMEA patrol boat seized the ship around 4.35pm and detained all 22 of its crew consisting of Thai nationals aged 22 to 54. This was after they failed to produce proof of permission from the port authority to anchor," he said.
Tan added that the ship was without cargo and had appointed a local agent to assist them in obtaining permission from the port authority.
The case is being investigated under Section 491B(1)(I) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without permission.
Those found guilty face a fine of not more than RM100,000, a maximum two-year jail sentence or both upon conviction.