Malaysia detains China-registered ship with World War II cannon shells on board

A dive of the HMS Repulse wreck

29th May 2023 – (Kuala Lumpur) Malaysian maritime authorities have detained a China-registered bulk carrier ship for anchoring in its waters without permission and discovered cannon shells believed to be from World War II on board. The discovery comes amid reports of scavengers targeting British World War II wrecks off the coast of Malaysia. The wrecks, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Britain’s National Museum of the Royal Navy has expressed concern over the apparent vandalism for personal profit of the two wrecks.