Strait of Malacca: Malaysia Proposes to Limit Maritime Traffic for Safe Navigation

by OldSailor on October 23, 2008


Strait of Malacca linking the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean plays an important role in global sea trade. Oil from Persian Gulf countries and West Africa pass through Strait of Malacca to all Asia Pacific countries including Japan and China. Also Strait of Malacca is known for high risk of piracy.

On October 21, during the launch of Centre for the Strait of Malacca (CSOM), a new research centre for the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) , Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak has told that strait_of_malacca

  • the number of vessels passing through the Strait of Malacca have to be capped to ensure safe navigation.
  • the number of ships would have to be jointly determined by the littoral states and the set limit must not be exceeded.
  • the strait was not international waters and the sovereign rights of Indonesia and Malaysia should be appreciated.
  • in addition to the existing Traffic Separation Scheme, Mandatory Ship Reporting System known as STRAITREP and Vessel Traffic Monitoring System, an exclusive Marine Electronic Highway was being planned to integrate current maritime safety technologies with marine environment management and protection systems.

Read more about CSOM here. Read more about Strait of Malacca at Wikipedia and Strait of Malacca – Traffic at Kennebec captain.

Here is the video clip of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister’s speech during the launch of CSOM.

Here is another video clip on U.S Navy ships in Strait of Malacca.

Read more about Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister’s speech during the launch of CSOM from The Star and MOT,Malaysia.

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