Wisdom Marine bulker released after detention in Malaysia

Sakizaya Ace. Credit: Martina Li

Taiwanese bulk carrier operator Wisdom Marine Lines has confirmed that its vessel, Sakizaya Ace, has been released after being detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Sakizaya Ace was detained on 10 December 2019 and was released on 11 December.

MMEA’s Perak branch director Shahrizan Rahman said the agency had received information that Sakizaya Ace, one of Wisdom Marine’s Panamax bulkers, had illegally dropped anchor in the state’s waters.

Checks showed that Sakizaya Ace had been anchored since 8 December, and its crew were busy cleaning the cargo holds.

The vessel and its 21-man crew, including the captain, were then detained. The crew comprise Chinese and Myanmar nationals, aged between 24 and 56 years old.

A spokesperson for Wisdom Marine, Taiwan’s largest owner of bulk carriers, said, “Due to unclear instructions from the port authorities and the ship agency, the vessel dropped anchor in the incorrect spot. The matter has been resolved.”

IHS Markit’s AISLive data shows that the 2013-built, 74,936 dwt Sakizaya Ace arrived at Brazilian miner Vale S.A.’s iron ore loading berth in Lumut, Perak, on 7 December. Prior to that, the ship had discharged coal cargoes that were transported from Richards Bay, South Africa, to Kapar Power Station’s terminal in Port Klang.