KOTA TINGGI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a tanker, tugboat and barge for anchoring illegally in eastern Johor waters off Tanjung Siang and Tanjung Ayam here.
Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria (pic) said the vessels were seized under Ops Jangkar Haram, an operation aimed at eradicating illegal anchoring activity in Johor territorial waters, especially in the eastern zone.
“The Hong Kong-registered tanker was apprehended about 12 nautical miles from Tanjung Siang while the Singapore-registered tugboat was apprehended 1.8 nautical miles from Tanjung Ayam.
“All vessels were spotted at about noon on Monday (June 7), ” he said in a statement here on Tuesday (June 8).
He added that the tanker was manned by 21 Indonesian crew aged 23 to 58 years, while the tugboat and empty barge were manned by five Indonesians aged 29 to 50.
“All of them possess valid travel documents, but the skippers failed to provide documents allowing them to anchor in Malaysian waters, ” he said, adding that they also did not inform Malaysian authorities of their arrival.
The matters are being investigated under Section 49B(1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without permission from the Marine Department.
The offence carries a fine of not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment for not more than two years or both upon conviction.