MMEA arrests Singapore tugboat illegally anchoring in Johor waterways

MERSING – Here, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has detained a tugboat and its barge that was registered in Singapore. The boat was located approximately 6.5km (3.5 nautical miles) west of Pulau Harimau.

Director of the Mersing Zone MMEA, Maritime Commander Suhaizan Saadin, said that both vessels were stopped at 11am Tuesday (June 11,) by a MMEA patrol team during Ops Jaksa & Ops Tiris.

“Inspection revealed both vessels from Singapore had been suspected of violating the law for failing to notify their arrival and anchored without permission from Malaysian Marine Department Director.

The captain and all seven crew from both vessels, including him, were Indonesians. They ranged in age between 25-54.

He added that the captain and chief engine were taken to Mersing Maritime Jetty, where they would be investigated by MMEA investigators under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance of 1952.

He said: “The MMEA is uncompromising in its stance towards any illegal activities and will continue operations and patrols in the Malaysian Maritime Zone to stop them.”

He called on anyone who has information about suspected illegal activities to contact the authorities by calling MERS999 or Johor’s maritime operations centre at 07-219-9404.

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