LPG tanker detained for illegal anchoring

KOTA TINGGI: A Liberia-registered tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has been detained for anchoring illegally in Johor waters near here.

Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral (Maritime) Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the vessel was detained at 9.15pm on Tuesday some 14.9 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Balau.

“The vessel was spotted by a patrol boat during an operation to check illegal anchoring in eastern Johor waters.

“A total of 21 crewmen aged between 20 and 65, were on board.

“They are from the Philippines (nine), Ukraine (four), Russia (three), Croatia (two) and one each from Germany, Latvia and Georgia, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

First Admiral Nurul Hizam said two of the crewmen were brought to the Tanjung Sedili Zone Maritime office for further investigations under Section 49B(1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without permission from the Marine Department, which carries a fine of not more than RM100,000 or a maximum of two years’ jail, or both.

He urged the maritime community to comply with local laws and regulations before conducting their activities, while those with information about such activities could contact the Johor maritime operation centre at 07-219 9404.

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