2, not 4 boats detained by Indonesia are Singaporean: MPA

2, not 4 boats detained by Indonesia are Singaporean: MPA

SINGAPORE - Only two of four vessels detained in Indonesia in separate incidents over the last two weeks are Singpore-registered, said the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) on Friday.

Recent media reports had quoted that four Singapore-registered vessels and four Singaporeans were detained.

MPA clarified that only two vessels are Singapore-registered and only one person detained is a Singaporean marine surveyor. He has since been released and has returned to Singapore.

The first incident reported on March 5 claimed that 'DM 55' is a Singapore-registered vessel, while 'Sea Sparrow 1' is Belize-registered.

In the second incident first reported on March 9, 'ASL Glory' is a Singapore-registered vessel, while 'AST 1837' is Indonesia-registered.

The vessels were detained for allegedly not having required permits.

MPA said it is in contact with the Indonesian authorities to assist in the investigations of the incidents.

"We have also advised the shipping community that all vessels should follow international best practices and adhere to the relevant coastal state laws," said MPA.



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