PONTIAN: The southern region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) recently detained a cargo ship for entering Malaysian waters without permission, about 3.8 nautical miles east of Tanjung Piai here.
Southern region MMEA enforcement chief Admiral Adon Shalan said the unladen ship was detained at 1.30pm last Saturday by MMEA personnel while on routine patrol in the area.
"The MV Euro Max that was registered at Monrovia, Liberia, was found to have dropped anchor near Tanjung Piai along the Malacca Straits.
"There were 22 crew members in the vessel comprising Filipinos, Germans and Slovenians, aged between 22 and 63," he said.
Adon said the ship captain and a crew member were brought to the MMEA southern region headquarters to assist in investigations.
"The vessel's owner can be charged under the Section 449 of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 and Section 3 of the Federation Light Dues 1953 for their failure to settle light dues and also for not reporting the arrival of their vessel in Malaysian waters," he added.