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COLLISION IN JOHOR BAHRU PORT LIMITS IN MALAYSIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that a Greece registered bulk carrier, MV Piraeus collided with MV Polaris, a Malaysian Government vessel in Malaysian Territorial Waters at 2.26 p.m. on 9 February 2019.
MV Piraeus was sighted entering Johor Bahru Port Limits in Malaysian Territorial Waters at 2.15 p.m. During communication with MV Polaris, MV Piraeus responded that it will steer clear of MV Polaris. Despite the clear communication and definitive instructions given, the collision happened on first contact until both vessels were cleared of each other at 2.36 p.m.
The Marine Department (MARDEP) has detained the Greek vessel and crew for purposes of a preliminary inquiry as per Section 334(1) of the Malaysian Shipping Ordinance 1952.
There is no report of any injury or oil spill arising from the collision. MARDEP strongly advises ships in Johor Bahru Port Limits located in Malaysian Territorial Waters to exercise caution to avoid untoward incidents in the said waters.
The incident however does not hamper any traffic flow and is away from the Traffic Separation Scheme area.
Malaysia is committed to take appropriate measures to safeguard its territorial integrity, interests and safe navigation of vessels.
9 February 2019