BATU PAHAT: Two Mongolian tankers have been seized by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for committing various offences.
Tanjung Sedili Zone MMEA director Maritime Captain Mohd Zulfadli Nayan said the vessels were found anchored close together some 3.5 nautical miles (approximately 6km) south of Tanjung Penyusop on Tuesday (Feb 11).
“At about 3.30pm, we found the two vessels and conducted an inspection. We found that one of the ships only had 11 crew members, while the other had only four, ” he said.
He said this was in breach of Section 72 (2) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 (OPS) for not having the required number of crew to man a ship.
Capt Zulfadli said the crew also committed an offence under Section 491B(L) and 361 (6) of the OPS for anchoring their vessels without permission and for failing to produce insurance documents, as well as committing an offence under Section 49(3) of the Customs Act 1967 for sailing alongside one another.
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