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Continuing cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

The Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

2 - 6 October 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The Cooperative Mechanism provides a framework for the littoral states and users of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) to promote cooperation in maintaining and enhancing the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Straits.

Malaysia hosted the 10th Meeting of the Cooperation Forum (CF-10), 42nd Meeting of the Tripartite Technical Experts Group (TTEG-42), and 10th Meeting of the Project Coordination Committee (PCC-10) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 2 – 6 October 2017. Y.B. Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport Malaysia officiated the meeting emphasising Malaysia’s commitment to ensuring navigational safety and environmental protection of the Straits.

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During the forum

The meeting was well attended by representatives from the littoral states, user states, the shipping industry as well as other stakeholders. Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur from the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, and Ms. Jalila Jalil from the Centre for Straits of Malacca, MIMA attended the forum. YBhg. First Admiral Dato’ Chin Yoon Chin (Ret.), Director General of MIMA spoke on ‘A Passage through Time: Cooperative Mechanism and Tripartite Technical Experts Group under the 1982 UNCLOS’, while Cheryl Rita presented on the ‘Designation of Malaysia’s Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) from Kukup Island to Tanjung Piai’ at CF-10. The PSSA paper was further deliberated at TTEG-42.

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Director General of MIMA spoke on the cooperation forum and way forward during CF-10

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Cheryl Rita presented on marine environmental protection at CF-10

Overall the meeting highlighted and discussed a number of projects on safety of navigation and environmental protection. Amongst others, these include the joint hydrographic re-survey of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the SOMS, Aids to Navigation Funds (Malaysia to host from 2018), best efforts and measures undertaken by the littoral states, knowledge sharing and dialogue, regional oil spill response preparedness, in addition to new initiatives and technologies for the Straits management.

The Forum is the best case example of coordinated cooperation between user states, the shipping industry and other stakeholders with the littoral states through dialogue and exchange of views on issues of common interest and projects for mutual benefits in the Straits.

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During the TTEG-42 Meeting

Note: Pictures courtesy of the Marine Department Malaysia

MIMA is pleased to be engaged continuously in providing inputs and assistance in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Marine Department Malaysia on related areas, and will continue to support the efforts towards ensuring the maintenance of safety of navigation and environmental protection in the SOMS.

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