LABUAN – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here seized two merchant ships on Wednesday night, in connection with illegally transferring diesel oil.
The Puncak Virgo Kuching, along with MV JM SALAM registered in Labuan were caught red-handed by a team of MMEA enforcement officers while on a routine operation about 11.30pm.
Labuan MMEA enforcement chief Capt (Maritime) Che Adnan Md Isa said the vessels were seized as they transferred the diesel oil to another ship without proper documentation.
He said the offence was committed about four nautical miles southwest of Labuan waters, which was in contravention of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952/60.
He said three skippers, together with 26 crewmen – comprising 19 Malaysians, six Myanmars and an Indonesian – were detained to facilitate investigations.
In another operation on the same day, the MMEA seized a local fishing vessel, MK 1992/1/F, and detained its skipper and two crewmen for failing to report a change of skipper which is an offence under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1960.
The offence was allegedly committed about 4.30pm. – BERNAMA