Thai freighter BANGSAKAO was detained by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency MMEA in the evening Dec 24, for allegedly, illegal anchorage, some 4.5 nm N of Bahang Bay, northern Penang island coast, Malaysia. MMEA was alerted by locals, according to official statement. the ship was taken to Penang and berthed at Butterworth. Understood ship is to be released after paying fine of some USD 24,000. Detentions of the ships in Malaysian waters for illegal anchorage, i.e. anchorage without obtaining proper authorization, are about as regular, as tropical thunderstorms. Not clear what’s the real reason behind these detentions.
General cargo ship BANGSAKAO, IMO 9176474, dwt 7853, built 1998, flag Thailand, manager WONG SAMUT NAVIGATION CO LTD, Bangkok (EQUASIS).