Tanker and 26 crew members held in Klang

PORT KLANG: A tanker has been detained for anchoring without permission off the coast of Sekinchan.

Selangor Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime Captain Siva Kumar Vengadasalam said the ship was detected at 10.20am on Wednesday based on information from the Klang Malaysian Maritime Sea Surveillance System’s Area Control Centre.

“A patrol boat was deployed and managed to detain the tanker bearing the name Azumasan on its hull at 3pm.

“The ship is believed to be heading from Saudi Arabia to Japan with 26 male crew members, including the captain, aged between 24 and 64,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“All those onboard have valid identification documents.

“The captain failed to submit documents for permission to anchor and is suspected of having committed an offence under Section 491B (1) (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

“If convicted, a fine of not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment for two years or both can be imposed,” he said.

A detention order has been issued on the vessel and the entire crew was taken to the Selangor MMEA headquarters in Port Klang for further investigation.

If there are complaints or information on maritime criminal activities and emergencies at sea, the public can contact the Selangor MMEA operations centre at 03-3176 0627 or MERS 999.

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