The Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone, detained a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tanker 13 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Siang in East Johor waters yesterday for anchoring without a permit. The 245 meter long vessel is operated by a crew of 22 men including Masters (Masters) aged 19 to 61 from Ukraine, China, Myanmar, Russia and Georgia.
Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone Director, Maritime Captain Mohd Zulfadli bin Nayan said, the VLCC registered in Singapore was detained by the Malaysian Maritime patrol ship around 2.15 pm after failing to submit any anchor permission
“The 245-meter-long ship was operated by 22 male crews including the Master (Master) aged 19 to 61 years old from Ukraine, China, Myanmar, Russia and Georgia,” he said.
The case will be investigated under Section 491B (1) (L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without the permission of the Director of Maritime. If found guilty can be fined not more than RM 100 thousand or imprisoned not more than two years or both.
“This arrest is the fourth time this month involves the same offense. Therefore, ship owners or shipping operators are asked to apply for permission to anchor from the Malaysian Marine Department and follow the rules or leave immediately because Maritim Malaysia will not compromise in taking appropriate action,” said Zulfadli again.
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