Tanker detained for anchoring without permission

Tanker detained for anchoring without permission

JOHOR BAHRU: A foreign tanker was detained in the ‘Ops Khas Pagar’ conducted in the waters of Tanjung Penyusop, Kota Tinggi yesterday for dropping anchor without permission.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Tanjung Sedili maritime zone (ZMTS) director Captain Maritime Mohd Zulfadli Nayan said the tanker was detained at about 2pm at 3.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penyusop.

He said during inspection the captain failed to produce any valid approval from Maritime director to anchor the vessel.

“The Cook Islands-registered vessel has 12 crew members on board, aged 20 to 50, of which four are Indonesians and the rest are Myanmar nationals,” he said in a statement here today.

He said two crew members had been taken to the ZMTS office for further action while the case was investigated under Section 491B (1) (I) and Section 72 (1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

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