Malaysia detains three tankers over illegal fuel transfers

Three tankers were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for illegal ship-to-ship transfer of marine fuel oil (MFO) near Pengerang in Malaysia yesterday.

The Atami Maru was caught transferring fuel to two other vessels Macallan and Lamborghini.

“There were 33 crew members onboard the three ships and they came from various countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, aged between 20 and 50 years old,” an MMEA official said.

Crew face up to two years in prison or a fine of RM100,000.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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