The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a tanker for carrying diesel without any proper documents, on February 5.
According to MMEA, the ship was detained during routine patrol on 4 February. At the time, there were four seafarers onboard the vessel.
An initial investigation discovered that the ship was carrying around 10,000 litres of diesel and failed to present documents for the vessel’s licence and permit for possession, storage and transport of controlled items.
The ship was then arrested and taken to Kemaman Maritime Zone Pier for further investigation.
Earlier in January, MMEA had detained four ships in Johor waters, for illegal activities, including anchoring without permission and transferring oil illegally.
According to Johor MMEA director Maritime First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria, the vessels are suspected of illegally transferring oil at a position of 32 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili Besar in Kota Tinggi.
For the offence of illegal oil transfers, 7,000 metric tonnes of Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) worth RM24.5 million were seized for investigation.
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