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KUALA LUMPUR – The lack of its owned jetties has caused the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to bear high rental costs and incur big losses due to damages to their vessels.

According to the Auditor General report 2014 Series 2 released ysterday, MMEA incurred a loss of RM10.36 million when five of its vessels at such a jetty were burnt on July 31, 2013 after a fire broke out believed to be due to a fire at
one of the fishing boats berthed at the jetty.

MMEA was also forced to foot out over RM400,000 for the rental of nine vendor owned jetties, shipyards or ports since 2010 as it only owned seven out of the 42 jetties to accomodate 230 of its vessels, said the report.

The report said MMEA crew were not provided with suitable places near their vessels berthed at the rented jetties apart from not having electricity and water supply.

“The jetty is needed not only to place MMEA vessels, but it also allows personnel to make basis maintenance and shorten the response time for carrying out enforcement operations.

“The vessel’s safety is also ensured if it is berthed on MMEA’s own jetty,” said the report. – Bernama