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Press Release


Coastal surveillance preventing Singapore from becoming a war risk zone

Since the turn of the decade, 75 attacks were reported in the Malacca Straits in 2000, 38 in 2004, 12 in
2005, 2 in 2008. Despite the significant decline in piracy there has been an increase in sea piracy in waters
near Singapore.

In 2009, sea piracy hit a five-year high of 9 actual and attempted attacks in waters near Singapore,
surpassing the previous record of 8, in 2004.

Actual and Attempted Attacks in 2002-2009

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Indonesia 103 121 94 79 50 43 28 15
Malacca Strait 16 28 38 12 11 7 2 2
Singapore Strait 5 2 8 7 5 3 6 9
Malaysia 14 5 9 3 10 9 10 16
South China Sea 0 2 8 6 1 3 0 13
(Source: International Maritime Bureau)

According to Eric Frecon, Post Doctoral Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School for International Studies, Nanyang
Technological University, the upsurge concerns three very distinct areas off Belakang Padang, in Batam,
off Bintan, in the South of Johor, and off Anambas Islands, in the South China Sea.

“It highlights the need to conduct more research in the Riau Archipelago, which appears as the backstage
of the local piracy. The last reports confirm these worrying trends: three hijackings have been perpetrated
since January, in the South China Sea, and seven attacks have occurred in the South of Johor, off Tanjung
Ayam, in 2010,” said Frecon.

“If the Malacca and Singapore Straits become two piracy prone areas, shipping agencies could choose
different ways to link Europe, Middle-East and the Northeast Asia. Moreover, Lloyd’s could list them as
war-risk zones, as it happened in 2005-2006. The premiums would become more expensive. The
crewmen would also ask for high risk premiums, resulting in a dramatic rise of shipping costs.”

At the Coastal Surveillance 2010 conference, hear exclusively from Rear Admiral Jackson Chia,
Commander of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force, who will be outlining the threats to maritime
security. Rear Admiral Chia will also be assessing the multifaceted and transitional role that different
agencies or any one nation can play in the maritime space.

For more information on the conference visit

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