BATU PAHAT: Two foreign-registered vessels have collided in Malaysian waters some 11.7 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Laboh here on Tuesday (Sept 27) morning.
Batu Pahat zone director Maritime Commander Mohd Haniff Mohd Yunus said the incident was believed to happen at around 4.18am.
“The Klang Vessel Traffic Services received a distress call from a Liberian-registered vessel which had been hit by another vessel at the said location.
“The matter was relayed to the Marine Department who contacted the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) through its Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC).
“We then immediately deployed our assets to the location to carry out monitoring and an aid mission,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Commander Mohd Haniff added that the initial information the MMEA received from the Liberian-registered vessel’s captain was that the incident was caused by a Panama-registered vessel losing control and crashing into its right side.
He said no injuries were reported among the crews of both vessels.
“No oil spill was detected in the area following the incident,” he said.
The Liberian vessel was carrying a container load on its way to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas while the other vessel was carrying a mixed load of bitumen and was on its way to China.