According to IMB, on December 5, four armed persons approached a tug towing an unladen barge, off Malaysia, and opened fire. As a result, the Master was shot in the leg. He was transferred to the hospital, while the rest of the crew are safe. According to local media, one of the crew members fired around 10 shots from flare guns at the suspects.
A recent Malaysian Marine Department declaration foresees an alteration to the Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port, extending the limits of the port in its southernmost state and encroaching the territorial waters of Singapore. In response, MPA of Singapore said it does not recognise the Port Limits published and reminded operators that Singapore’s territorial waters extend westward of Singapore’s current port limits around Tuas and vessels operating in this area are to continue to comply with applicable Singapore regulations.
A tanker was detained in the morning hours of 3 October while conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer at the Tanjung Pelepas Port, for failing to obtain permit for the activity from the Marine Department director, under the Section 491B (1)(k) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
The ReCAAP ISC issued an incident alert informing of the first actual crew abduction in the Sulu-Celebes Seas for 2018, that took place in the waters off Sabah, East Malaysia, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, involving two fishermen from a trawler.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s detained a tanker ship along with a fishing vessel, after suspicions that they were conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer. If found guilty, the ship owners could face a fine which could reach RM100,000 and two years’ jail.
From June 1, 2017, Malaysia decided to loose the restrictions in cabotage policy in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. However, this situation should be reconsider the Malaysia Shipowners’ Association said, noting that it did not reduce the price of goods, and is damaging local shippers.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Marine Department of Malaysia carried out a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Strait to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill Incidents in the East Johor Strait.
While underway, the Chief Officer detected a small boat alongside the ship. Shortly thereafter, 14 perpetrators armed with knives and machetes boarded the ship. The perpetrators robbed all the 12 crew of their personal belongings. Two crew were slightly injured in the process.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke informed that a search by the US firm Ocean Infinity for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014, ended on Tuesday, May 29. However, according to international sources, the company is considering to continue its search, even after the deadline has passed.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke informed that a private search by a US firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014, will end on Tuesday, May 29. Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people and it disappeared while going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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