Malaysian government, Petronas form offshore security initiative

May 23, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-05, Offshore:

Petronas has entered a collaboration with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to safeguard the country’s offshore oil and gas facilities.

Abdul Jalil Zainul, Petronas’ Head of Strategic Relations said the aim was to avoid incidents such as maritime accidents, encroachment and fish bombings, and potential crises or disasters within the oil and gas operation areas.

“There are close to 300 offshore oil and gas facilities in the South China Sea, with numerous safety and security challenges,” he said, “and most of these threats were found to occur within the safety zone and restricted areas surrounding the offshore upstream installations.”

Warning against intrusion near oil rigs

June 17, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-05, Daily Express:

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will take stern action against those caught intruding into oil rig areas in the State waters and conducting fish bombing activities.

Its District Director, First Admiral Adam Aziz, said the agency arrested seven people who did not possess any valid documents in the past two years for intruding into the restricted areas.

He said items worth an estimated RM15,000 were seized, including pump boats, which would be destroyed according to the procedure set under the Malaysian law.

“The agency will identify the boats’ registration numbers, issue warnings and take appropriate action against their owners.

“Most of these wrongdoers had intruded into the said areas for fishing and some were seen smoking cigarettes and even cooking their meals under the rigs, posing safety risks to the oil rig workers and fishermen,” he said.

“Those caught intruding into those areas risk a RM10,000 fine or two years’ jail, or both, under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959,” he added.

Body of missing Ocean Geos crew found by rescuers

June 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-04-18, NST:

The body of the Ocean Geos crew, reported missing when a fire broke out on the oil and gas drilling vessel, has been found.

The remains of Mohamad Saiful Ashnar, 31, were found inside the body of the ship about 1.30pm after the rescue team made the decision to search inside the vessel this morning.

Miri Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Captain Md Fauzi Othman said the body was found by four Miri Zone Fire and Rescue Department personnel.

“The victim’s body was then taken to the Labuan Marina Jetty before being handed over to the police for further action,” he said when contacted, here on Wednesday.

He said MMEA had sought the help of firefighters as they had experience handling such cases, including the risk of poisonous gas leakage.

“This is part of the rescue team’s efforts in locating the crew,” he said.

In the incident that took place around 3am on Tuesday, the Ocean Geos was conducting geotechnical work in the area during the incident.

Prioritising safety of fisherman around offshore platforms

June 25, 2017

Dateline 2017-05-27, The Star:

The Sahabat Maritim programme is an efficient platform for oil-and-gas companies and enforcement agencies to engage with fishermen on safety around offshore platforms.

Repsol Oil and Gas Malaysia Ltd stakeholder relations manager Farid Jaafar said the programme was a collaborative effort between Petronas, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and oil-and-gas companies.

“I think Sahabat Maritim is an excellent initiative. In the past we used to do things separately. It makes more sense to collaborate as we all work in the same area, namely offshore in the South China Sea.

“The Sahabat Maritim programme allows us all to collaborate and jointly engage the fishing community. It makes it more efficient,” he said at a media briefing on Repsol’s projects here yesterday.