MMEA detains unlicensed boat ferrying Singaporeans on fishing trip

Ibrahim Isa

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a boat ferrying three Singaporeans who were on a fishing trip at 3.8 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Piai on Sunday. Johor Maritime Operations deputy director Maritime Captain Sanifah Yusof said the boat, which was spotted by an MMEA team on patrol at 3pm, was operated by a Malaysian skipper. He said the patrol officers then approached the vessel and conducted checks. “It was found that the boat was not registered and the skipper had also failed to furnish any license. “Our officers then escorted the boat with the four men, who are in their 40s and 50s, to Sungai Pulai Maritime Jetty for investigation,” he said in a statement on Monday. The case is being investigated under Section 474 (1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 which carries a maximum RM10,000 fine penalty. “We advise the public to always choose licensed boats when going for sea recreational activities to ensure their safety,” he said.

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