KLANG: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a tanker for illegally anchoring off Sekinchan, Selangor.
State MMEA director Maritime Captain Mohd Rosli Kassim said they detained the tanker, the Clipper Hermod, about 27.8 nautical miles south-west of Sekinchan on Saturday (Aug 22).
"We detained the vessel following visual tracking through information from the Malaysian Maritime Sea Surveillance System (Swasla) which was channelled to our patrol boat that was on its Ops Benteng Lau and Ops Ehsan rounds.
"The vessel, which was registered in Norway, was carrying 20 crew including its captain. They are aged between 28 and 58 and comprise Norwegian, Russian, Latvian and Philippine nationals," he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 22).
He said checks revealed the vessel was on its way from Singapore and had anchored in Malaysian waters while waiting for further instructions from its company based in Norway.
Further investigations revealed the vessel’s captain failed to show any documents allowing them to anchor in Malaysian waters, he added.
"The vessel will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which carries a fine not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both upon conviction," he said.
A detention order was issued on the vessel and two members of the crew were taken to Selangor Maritime Headquarters for further investigation.
He said the MMEA viewed compliance of the law seriously and the necessary action would be taken to maintain order in the country's waters.
"Shipping operators or ship owners are advised to apply for anchoring permits from the Malaysian Marine Department before anchoring and follow the rules to conduct any activity in Malaysian waters.
"Any complaints or information on any maritime crime activities and emergencies at sea can be channelled to the Selangor State Maritime Operations Center at 03-31760627 which operates 24 hours, or the MERS 999 emergency line, so that immediate action can be taken by MMEA," he said.