Owner of vessel with Liberian flag in M’sian waters held

By Kathleen Ann Kili

cagoPONTIAN: The owner of a Liberian-flagged cargo vessel is in hot water after enforcement officers detained him for illegally anchoring the ship in Malaysian waters.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforce­ment Agency (MMEA) Johor Baru deputy director (operation) Iskan­dar Ishak said the owner could be charged under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance (MSO) 1952 for anchoring without permission.

According to the Star Online, the owner could also be charged under Section 449 of the Ordinance and Section 3 of the Light Dues Act 1953 for failure to inform the arri­val and pay the light dues respectively.

A cargo patrol unit spotted MV MSC Pylos at 2.2 nautical miles southwest off Tanjung Piai here at about 12.30pm on Saturday.

When the officers conducted a check, the crew failed to produce the relevant documents that allowed a vessel to anchor in Malaysian waters.

They also failed to inform their arrival to the Marine Department, he said in a statement here yesterday.

Iskandar said checks also showed that the ship, which was waiting for its schedule from its agent, was not carrying any load.

“We found 24 Filipino crew members and a Greek national, aged between 25 and 59 years old, onboard,” he said, adding that three of them were taken to the MMEA office for further investigations.

SOURCE: News Now/The Star Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.