Spica Malaysia – Port Klang / Kuala Lumpur


Level 22, Block E, Menara Suezcap 2
KL Gateway, No. 2, Jalan Kerinchi
Gerbang Kerinchi Lestari 59200
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: (60) 03-7932 7100
Fax: (60) 03-7932 7099
Email: kl_claims@spica.com.my

After Office Hours Contact:

Gary Edgar Tom
(60) 012-300 9897

Fairuz Binti Mohd Fauzi
(60) 012-225 4762

Wan Akmal Hakim bin Abdul Razak
(60) 012-524 2855

Hague-Visby Rules – 15 July 2021

The expected adoption of the Hague-Visby Rules and the SDR Protocol have now taken effect in Malaysia. The Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 2020 [Act A1613] has come into force on 15 July 2021.

Operation Jangkar Haram

Spica Services Malaysia reports that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has in the last few days launched ‘Operation Jangkar Haram’, which translates to ‘Operation Anchoring Illegally’.

The MMEA is officially urging merchant ship owners to seek permission to anchor in the eastern waters of Johor (South China Sea). Failure to do so, it is reported, will result in them being ordered out of the area. Johor Maritime Director, Nurul Hizam Zakaria, said the MMEA would not hesitate to take action against merchant ships which anchors illegally in the eastern waters of Johor. Since March 24th, 31 merchant ships anchored without the permission of the Director of the Marine Department have been detained through Op Jangkar Haram. The reasons for ships being detained, as opposed to being warned is unknown.

In support of these actions, the MMEA appears to be using territorial limits prescribed by a 1979 chart. In the waters of Southern Johor, often inaccurately referred to as Singapore OPL East, these territorial limits are as much as 60 Nautical Miles offshore.

Those vessels detained will in all likelihood be charged in Court and where found guilty, fines levied. Whilst the fines levied have historically been modest, typically in the region of MYR50,000 per offence (US$12,000), release procedures typically take weeks to conclude.

Should Owners and Operators require additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Spica Services Malaysia, or Spica Services Singapore.


In Malaysia, the authorities have now taken steps to also screen people arriving via sea. We have received the following (freely translated) update from the Malaysian authorities, MMD.


The Marine Department is collaborating with the District/State Health Office and the Port Health Authority to monitor foreign tourists entering the country through the international passenger Terminal and the Cruise ship Terminal.

The Marine Department will also inform the District/State Health Office and the Port Health Authority if they receive ships from China and if the crew originated from China, for the next health screening.

For ships entering the port, the Marine Department will assist to notify the Port Health Authority if the final port of the ship is from China. Further, the Port Health Authority will board to the ship in the anchor area. In the event of any case, the vessel will be quarantined at the prescribed quarantine area, for example the Gedong Gate waters for the state of Selangor.

The Marine Department will continue to monitor the development of the virus outbreak continuously through information obtained from the Ministry of Health Malaysia.


Mr Gary Edgar Tom is a Claims Executive. He joined Spica Malaysia in March 2012 as a Claims Executive. Since his 5 years tenure in Spica, he mainly handles Transport Liability and Ports and Terminals claims, along with casualty and operational files for offshore and tug and barge clients. He graduated from University of Malaysia Terengganu to achieve a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Management in 2007. He began his career as a surveyor with the largest survey company in East Malaysia. He did various types of survey and marine consultancy in East Malaysia with the company.

Ms Fairuz bt Mohd Fauzia, a Claims Executive, joined Spica Malaysia since Sept 2015 as a claim Executive. In her 1½ years with Spica, she mainly handles Container Line claims, along with files involving preloading cargo survey. Under the supervision of Branch manager, she is now handling the marine casualties cases for P&I Clubs. She graduated from University Technology Mara to achieve a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies majoring in Insurance (2006). She began her career as a claim executive in an Insurance Brokers firm for 3 years. She then joined a local Shipping Company as a claim executive for 4 years.

Mr Wan Akmal Hakim bin Abdul Razak is a Claims Executive, newly joined Spica Services in August 2019. He is 28 years old and started his career in shipping industry as a Marine Surveyor. He has 2 years of experience in a survey and adjusting company and used to carry out P&I surveys instructed by Spica. He also has experience in handling fix premium P&I, H&M and cargo interests’ claims. He is holder of Diploma in Hotel management and Degree in Maritime Operations.

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