The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has intercepted a passenger boat off Kota Kinabalu waters for not notifying the authorities on the change of skipper and for not displaying the original license. MMEA Kota Kinabalu director First Admiral Adam Aziz said the boat, carrying 11 people, including six from China, aged 19 and 57, was bound for Gayana Eco Resort yesterday. “The boat was intercepted for violation of the requirements of the license under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952. Each of the offence comes with a compound of RM1,000. “The skipper and crew have been detained for further investigation,” he said in a statement today. Adam added that the agency would continue to monitor passenger boats to prevent untoward incidents such as the catamaran tragedy involving 28 tourists from China. He advised boat owners to follow safety guidelines to ensure the safety of passengers.

Source: Strait Times