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Jakarta Post

Higher traffic in Malacca Strait raises concerns about accidents

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, September 27 2016   /  07:28 am

The increasing number of ships passing through the Malacca Strait is a cause for concern, said participants of a tripartite forum seeking to negotiate joint control measures to prevent maritime accidents.

Delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, grouped under the Tripartite Technical Expert Group (TTEG), are gathering in Yogyakarta to talk about shipping safety and environmental protection in the Malacca and Singapore Straits (SOMS).

The parties have agreed that joint control measures would be the best way to reduce accidents to prevent marine pollution and decreased trade.

“SOMS is one of the most strategic straits in the world for shipping line[s],” Indonesian Transportation Ministry secretary general Sugihardjo said at the opening of the TTEG gathering on Monday.

He said that in 2007, more than 62,000 ships passed through the straits and the f...