Sea captain Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli, director of Terengganu MMEA, said the boat was seized 100 nautical miles northeast of Kuala Terengganu. — Photo by Dawn Chin
Monday, May 23, 2022 11:43 GMT
KUALA TERENGGANU, May 23 – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) intercepted a Vietnamese fishing vessel and arrested 15 crew members, including the captain, for encroaching on Malaysian waters, during a integrated operation around 3 p.m. yesterday.
Sea captain Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli, director of Terengganu MMEA, said the boat was seized 100 nautical miles northeast of Kuala Terengganu.
The crew members, aged between 20 and 50, did not have valid identity documents and the seizures included the boat, 700 kilograms of marine catch and 1,000 liters of diesel fuel estimated at RM1.5 million, a he said in a statement today.
He said the crew members had been taken to the MMEA State Jetty for further investigation and were being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985 for Trespassing and fishing in national waters without the permission of Malaysia’s Director General of Fisheries, as well as under the Immigration Act. 1959/1963 for not presenting valid identity documents.
He advised the public with information about criminal activity at sea to contact the MMEA on 09-6223657 or through the MERS 999 emergency helpline. — Bernama