03:32 GMT19 May 2021
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    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized a Russian oil tanker with 25 crew members on board for dropping anchor in the country's waters without authorization, MMEA Deputy Director Cmdr. Iskandar Ishak said on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Malaysian official, as cited by The Star newspaper, the MT Zolotoj Most vessel dropped anchor on Thursday 3.5 nautical miles to the southeast of Tanjung Piai cape, a national natural landmark.

    "During inspection, the crew members failed to produce documents from the Marine Department to show that they were allowed to anchor there. On top of that, the vessel was anchored at a prohibited area limited to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas," Ishak was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

    Famous for its coastal mangrove and great fish population, Tanjung Piai cape is a Malaysian natural landmark of great environmental importance.

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