SANDAKAN: Sandakan DM17 Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority (APMM) seized a boat believed to be carrying crude palm oil (CPO) without a permit, about 0.1 nautical mile from Pantai Bandar Leila, yesterday midnight.
DM17 Enforcement Chief, Capt. Maritime A. Razak bin Abd. Rahman, said APMM boat was previously patrolling the waters around Pulau Libaran before receiving information from the operation room regarding a translocation of palm oil supply at the waters off Bandar Ramai-Ramai.
The APMM boat with five crews then rushed to the location and encountered a boat without a registration number.
“Our personnel then approached the boat, and discovered the captain had escaped. Based on further investigation, we believed that the boat has just completed it’s remind ahead with CPO cargo estimated to be up to 4 tonnes without a permit. The case is investigated under the Malaysia Palm Oil Board Regulations 1998,” he said in a statement.
The worth of seized items is still under assessment. The boat used for the translocation has been brought to Sandakan APMM jetty and handed to APMM DM17 investigator officer for further action. -SayangSabah