LABUAN – Two vessels suspected of carrying out illegal ship-to-ship oil transfer were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency off Labuan last night.
MMEA Labuan enforcement chief Capt Che Adnan Md Isa said patrolling officers spotted the vessels at 10.50 pm 6.5 nautical miles south of Labuan.
He said the crew were found to have committed the offence for not informing the Marine Department on the transfer.
“We have detained four crew of Indonesian nationals and a Malaysian believed to be the company’s staff,” he said to reporters today.
Che Adnan said a total of 1,060 checks were conducted so far this year, which led to 18 arrests for various offences. – BERNAMA