TANJUNG MANIS: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a Class C fishing vessel and six of its crew members on Monday (Aug 2).
Maritime Zone director Commander Mohd Ariz Md Kassim said the vessel was detained at about 44 nautical miles from Tanjung Jerijeh, Belawai at 4.30pm.
“Further inspections found that the vessel’s license had expired and its crew members are from Thailand.
“Three of them have expired travel documents and passports while the others have valid documents.
“The crew members — aged between 32 and 54 — the vessel, fishing equipment and 7.2 metric tons of fish were taken to the Tanjung Manis Passenger Terminal Jetty for further investigation,” he said.
Mohd Ariz added that the crew underwent Covid-19 swab test at the jetty.
The case is being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985 for expired vessel license and the Immigration Act 1959/63 for expired passports.
The maritime community and fishermen are urged to abide by the law and the legal conditions of their licences and prioritise their safety when at sea by always wearing a safety jacket.