Vessel movements in Singapore, Malacca straits set to rise 50% by 2030

International Maritime Organisation secretary-general emeritus Koji Sekimizu has praised the level of cooperation between Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, saying it is "very, very high" and at a level he has not seen in other regions.
International Maritime Organisation secretary-general emeritus Koji Sekimizu has praised the level of cooperation between Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, saying it is "very, very high" and at a level he has not seen in other regions.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

This could increase risk of collision, so neighbours have to cooperate: Expert

Vessel movements in the Singapore and Malacca straits are expected to increase by at least 50 per cent in the coming decade, and this could increase the risk of collision and grounding in the waters, a renowned maritime expert has warned.

This significant growth in maritime traffic by 2030 will pose major challenges to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, said Mr Koji Sekimizu, secretary-general emeritus of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The United Nations agency oversees the global maritime sector.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'Vessel movements in S'pore, Malacca straits set to rise 50% by 2030'. Print Edition | Subscribe