Malaysian Authorities Detain Three Vessels
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained the M/T Vitology and M/T An Phu outside of Johor, Malaysia. The vessels’ crews are suspected of engaging in illegal oil transfers.
Authorities have arrested the seven crewmembers aboard the Vitology, which is flagged in Equatorial Guinea. The crew is suspected of attempting to transfer 80,000 liters of marine gas oil to the Vietnam-flagged An Phu without permits to support the transfer. The nine crew members on board the An Phu have also been arrested.
In another incident, the MMEA detained the M/T Golden Prosperity and its four crewmembers off Tanjung Ayam.
MMEA said that the vessel docked without permission and that its crew failed to report the arrival of the ship in the Tanjung Ayam waters.
The Mongolian ship is the 12th vessel to have been arrested for failing to obtain anchorage permission.