KOTA TINGGI: A Denmark-registered tanker has been detained in Johor waters for illegal anchoring.
Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the vessel was detained at 23.8 nautical miles east of Tanjung Gemoh at 6.51pm on Thursday.
“The ship was detained by MMEA during a routine check when they spotted the ship anchoring in an unauthorised area.
“Checks found that the 183m ship was run by a 19-men crew, including the captain, aged between 29 and 49, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.
He said the crew, comprising Russian, Filipino, Indian, Ukrainian and Romanian nationals, had valid identity documents.
“The ship’s captain failed to provide any anchoring permission documents as well as notification of arrival in Malaysian waters.
“One of the crew members was brought ashore for a Covid-19 screening before being taken to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone investigation unit for further investigation, ” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 49B(1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without permission from the Marine Department.
If found guilty, the offender can be fined not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
First Admiral Nurul Hizam said for the record, 42 ships were detained during Ops Jangkar Haram, bringing the total number of cases under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 by the Johor MMEA this year to 62.
“MMEA will continue to ensure that the standard operating procedure is taken seriously to curb the spread of Covid-19 variants from seafarers coming from various countries, ” he said.
He also urged all ship owners and captains to adhere to all procedures and regulations before entering and anchoring in Malaysian waters.
“MMEA will always ensure that the safety and sovereignty of the country’s waters are preserved, ” he added.