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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

STRAITS OF MALACCA AND SINGAPORE TRIPARTITE TECHNICAL EXPERTS GROUP’S (TTEG), 25TH ANNIVERSARY

INTERTANKO attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Tripartite Technical Experts Group (TTEG) held on the 9 May 2000 in Singapore. The work and close co-operation of the TTEG, which is comprised of officials from the three littoral states of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, have contributed significantly to the safety of navigation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Their achievements can be summarised as follows: 

-          establishment and implementation of the Routeing System in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, which incorporates the traffic separation schemes (TSS) and the installation of better navigational aids with the financial and technical assistance of Japan;

-          introduction and implementation of STRAITREP, the mandatory ship reporting system;

-          extension of the coverage of the TSS which linked the three existing TSSs
and covers the entire stretch from One Fathom Bank to Horsburgh Lighthouse;

-          re-survey of Critical Areas and Investigation of Dangerous / Unconfirmed Shoals and Wrecks in the Straits.

The event was hosted by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. MPA Director-General Mr Chen Tze Penn said in his opening address that the burden of ensuring navigational safety and pollution prevention and response  should not rest on the three littoral states alone, but that it is also imperative that the international community and the IMO are involved in the TTEG's joint efforts to keep waterways safe and clean.  "The issue of international cooperation and burden sharing in the maintenance of the straits is a key challenge," Mr Chen said.

The Malaysian and Indonesian delegations were led by Capt. Raja Malik, Director- General, Marine Department Malaysia, and Capt. T Walla, Secretary, Directorate-General of Sea Communications, respectively.