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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Straits of Malacca and Singapore

On 7 and 8 September the IMO and the Republic of Indonesia hosted the Jakarta meeting on the Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Enhancing Safety, Security and Environmental Protection. The meeting was attended by some 30 member States of the IMO plus observer delegations from governmental and non-governmental organisation. The shipping industry was represented by INTERTANKO and the International Chamber of Shipping.

The meeting resulted in the Jakarta Statement which outlined the agreement by the littoral states of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore to ensure that the Straits remain safe and open to international shipping at all times, and to address the concerns at the number of incidents of piracy/armed robbery  against ships and seafarers. The final version of the Jakarta statement will be posted on the IMO’s website http://www.imo.org/home.asp in the newsroom.

INTERTANKO appreciates the dedication of the IMO in bringing about the Jakarta Meeting and the resolve of the littoral states to strengthen their cooperation on the important matter of ensuring the safety and security of the Straits as well as protecting the marine environment.

INTERTANKO is pleased to note the significant political advance in internationalising the issues. Furthermore, the Association is encouraged that the IMO has been asked to continue to play a key role in the continued cooperation between the littoral states. The Association would encourage the littoral states to continue to highlight the significant progress they have made in coordinating their resources to enhance safety and security in the Straits. In this regard the recent Malacca Straits Security Initiative (MSSI) is welcomed as is the use of aircraft to patrol the Straits.

INTERTANKO in cooperation with its industry partners is ready to assist and engage in further discussions. We hope that the real progress and spirit of cooperation by the littoral demonstrated in the Jakarta Statement will lead to the Straits being taken off the Joint War Committee’s list of areas of perceived enhanced risk.

Marine Electronic Highway

The IMO-led initiative of the Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) demonstration project took a step closer as on 8 September in Jakarta when the littoral states of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and the IMO signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of the regional MEH demonstration project.

Also signed by the three littoral states was a Memorandum of Agreement, together with INTERTANKO, ICS and the International Hydrographic Organisation. This agreement with the shipping industry will ensure that sufficient ships with electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS) will participate in the demonstration project.

The project will lead to a resurveying of the Strait of Malacca and the production of electronic navigational charts, and the use by ships of an innovative and integrated system that will ensure that mariners have accurate charts with real time information on weather, tides and currents. This project will significantly enhance the safety of navigation in the region and so protect the marine environment and INTERTANKO is proud to have led the shipping industry’s commitment and cooperation.

For further information see: http://www.intertanko.com/search/artikkel.asp?id=9427

Contacts:
John Fawcett-Ellis, General Counsel & Regional Manager Asia-Pacific
Tel. + 65 63334007
john.fawcett-ellis@intertanko.com

Bill Box, Communications Manager
Tel: +44 20 7977 7023
bill.box@intertanko.com