Japan-registered ship nabbed for illegally anchoring in Penang waters

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang branch of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a Japan-registered ship for illegally anchoring with 26 crew members on board here Tuesday (June 15).

Penang Maritime director Capt Abd Razak Mohamed (pic) said the Eneos Ocean tanker was found at 4pm around 53 nautical miles off Pulau Kendi during Op Pertiwi / Op Benteng Laut.

He said the four Japanese and 22 Filipino crew onboard were all found with legal identification documents.

“But they failed to provide approval documents for anchoring and did not notify of their arrival in Malaysian waters.

“The captain and three other crew members involved were brought to the Penang MMEA headquarters for further investigations,” he said.

Capt Abd Razak said the case will be investigated under Section 491(B)(1)(l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for illegal anchoring without a permit from the Marine Department.

If convicted, offenders may be fined a maximum of RM100,000 or sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison or both.

Capt Abd Razak said MMEA urges all ship owners and captains to ensure that they adhere to all procedures and rules before entering and anchoring in Malaysian waters.

“For complaints of maritime offences at sea or emergencies, the public can call our hotline at 04-262 6146 or MERS 999.