Post tsunami - navigational safety in the Malacca and Singapore Straits

On 26 January 2005 the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a News Release advising that further to initial unconfirmed reports (see Weekly NEWS No. 01 dated 7 January 2005), no reported changes in water depths have been received and shipping traffic through the Straits remains smooth.  

However, as a precaution, ships transiting the Straits should continue to listen for broadcast of changes in depths, to turn on their echo sounders to check the depths of water and to advise the coastal Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Authority of any depths less than charted.  

Contact: Howard Snaith