Merchant ship detained for anchoring without permission

MELAKA, A merchant ship MT Nautica Batu Pahat that carrying 22 crew members of various nationalities including locals was detained for dropping anchor illegally at 2.8 nautical miles southwest of Bandar Hilir here yesterday.

Melaka and Negeri Sembilan Maritime director Maritime Captain Amran Daud said of the total, three male crew members – two locals and one Indonesian, aged 27 to 35 – were detained to facilitate investigations.

He said the preliminary investigation found that the Port Klang-registered ship failed to provide any valid approval from Maritime director and further investigation would be carried out under Section 491B (1) (I) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance (MSO) 1952.

The arrests were made following the routine daily operations carried out by MMEA personnel that found the ship anchored in the waters of Melaka without valid document.

If found guilty those arrested can be fined of up to RM100,000 or jailed not exceeding two years or both, he said in a statement here today.

He also urged members of the public to channel any crime-related information and emergencies at sea to the operation centre at 06-3876730 and MERS 999.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)