Joint survey to map Strait of Malacca enters second phase

SINGAPORE - The second phase of a joint survey aimed at mapping the Strait of Malacca and the waters around Singapore started on Monday (March 5).

Conducted by Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the initiative follows the signing of an agreement by the three countries at the 10th Cooperation Forum in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in October last year.

Data collected in the survey will be used to improve navigational safety and voyage planning in one of the busiest waterways in the world, through the development of more updated and detailed electronic navigational charts.

Supported by the Japan-Asean Integration Fund, the second phase is expected to be completed in 2020, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in a statement on Monday.

The initiative is testament to the strong working relationship among the three countries and Japan in promoting navigation safety and the protection of the marine environment in the region, added the statement.

Phase Two will cover the remaining areas within the Traffic Separation Scheme that are shallower than 30m, from One Fathom Bank in the Malacca Strait to Horsburgh Lighthouse at the eastern entrance to the Singapore Strait.

Phase One, which focused on five depth-critical areas, ended in 2016.