MMEA Detains Foreign Ship For Illegal Anchoring Near Pontian
JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 18 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a merchant ship for anchoring without permission in the waters off Tanjung Piai, near Pontian yesterday.
Its Johor Baharu Maritime District deputy director (Operations) Maritime Commander Iskandar Ishak said the ship was detected by an MMEA patrol boat at 2pm about four nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai.
Upon inspection, the Indian-registered ship failed to produce authorisation documents to anchor from the director of the Malaysian Marine Department and had anchored in an undesignated and prohibited area.
“The ship was found to have committed an offence under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952,” he said in a statement here today, adding that the ship, which was heading towards Singapore from Mumbai, India had also failed to report its arrival in Malaysian waters.
Iskandar said the ship was carrying 27 Indian nationals as crew, aged between 24 and 69, while four of them were taken to the Johor Baharu Maritime District MMEA office to assist investigations.