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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 103 16 5 14 0 2003 121 28 2 5 2 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 94 79 50 43 28 15 38 12 11 7 2 2 8 7 5 6 9 3 9 3 10 9 10 16 8 6 1 3 13 0 (Source: International Maritime Bureau)
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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 www.coastalsurveillancemda.com
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