JOHOR BAHARU – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained three vessels suspected of transfering oil illegally in the waters of Pengerang, near Kota Tinggi, Saturday.
Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Enforcement head, Maritime Capt Amran Daud said all three vessels were detained by the patrol boat, APMM at 9.15 am about 3.8 nautical miles southeast of Ramunia Bay.
“When detained, it was found that the MT Atami Maru was registered in San Lorenzo and has 16 Thai crew and one Indonesian crew on board and were transfering suspected Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) to two ships, MT TB Macallan and MT TB LL Lamborghini,” he said in a statement here Sunday.
Amran said MT TB Macallan which was registered in Kuching, Sarawak was bringing local crew, four Myanmarese crew and an Indonesian crew.
The MT TB LL Lamborghini was registered in Jakarta, Indonesia and had eight Indonesian crew members.
He said the crew of the three vessels were, aged 20 to 50, and investigation also revealed these vessels did not have the document or permit relating to oil transfering activities.
“All three vessls also committed other offences such as failure to report the presence of ships in Malaysian waters and anchoring in prohibited areas,” he said.
Two crew members of each vessel were detained and brought to the Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Office for further investigation, he added. – BERNAMA