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Penang MMEA detains foreign ship for illegal anchoring

Last update: 17/11/2019
GEORGE TOWN, Nov 17 -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Penang detained a foreign bulk carrier at 6.9 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Betong, near here for unauthorised anchoring, yesterday.

Its director Capt Maritime Hamizan Harun said the 97-metre-long ‘NASHICO 08’ registered in Vietnam was detained at 8.15 pm by a MMEA patrol boat after being found in suspicious circumstances.

“On board the ship, were 15 Vietnamese crew including a skipper and two Indian crew members. After inspection they failed to produce any official documents from the director-general of the Marine Department and there was no emergency notification,” he said in a statement, here today.

He said all the men, aged from 21to 60 years old, were detained for further investigation and the case was being investigated under Section 491B (1) (l) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

He urged anyone with information on illegal incidents, emergencies or accidents at sea to contact the 24-hour emergency line MERS 999 or Penang MMEA operations centre at 04-2626146 or 04-2643650.


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