Vessel movements in straits of Singapore and Malacca expected to rise by at least 50% by 2030

Every year, more than 80,000 vessels pass through the straits of Singapore and Malacca, carrying a third of the world's traded goods.
Every year, more than 80,000 vessels pass through the straits of Singapore and Malacca, carrying a third of the world's traded goods.PHOTO: MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Vessel movements in the straits of Singapore and Malacca 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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