Singapore-operated product tanker Fairy Tale has been detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for anchoring in Malaysian waters without a permit.
According to Capt Amran Daud from MMEA the vessel, carrying 12 crewmen, was spotted anchoring at a restricted area near Tanjung Ramunia by a patrolling unit last Thursday and it failed to obtain a permit as requested.
The case is being investigated under Section 49 1B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for failing to obtain permission to anchor and Section 3 of the Federation Light Dues Act 1953 for failing to inform of the vessel’s arrival in Malaysian waters.
The captain and head engineer of the ship have been taken to the Johor Baru MMEA office for further investigations and the owner of the vessel could be fined up to RM100,000 ($23.6k), given two years imprisonment or both if found guilty.
Fairy Tale is owned by Jomatiol Commercia & Industria and managed by United Ship Management based in Singapore.