S’pore vessel’s bid to smuggle out river sand foiled

The Star

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has foiled an attempt by a Singapore-registered vessel to smuggle out RM100,000 worth of river sand at Tanjung Piai here.

The agency’s southern enforcement director, Abdul Razak Johan, said they received information regarding the vessel through their operations centre and managed to detain the boat on Wednesday.

“Four of our officials spotted the vessel, Cathay 15 which was hauling a pontoon filled with sand.

“We found that they did not possess the proper permit for exporting sand,” he said.

Investigations revealed that the vessel and the pontoon had left Pulau Carey on Saturday and was scheduled to arrive in Tuas, yesterday.

“We also found that the permit held by the vessel was for exporting cement and not sand. We have detained all eight Indonesian crew aboard the vessel,” he said.


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