Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to a diplomatic ceasefire in their dispute over the national boundary between the ports of Johor Baru and Tuas. On March 14, they announced that they would temporarily set aside their competing claims and use the previously accepted boundary as the working demarcation line.
Under the agreement, government vessels will not anchor in the disputed area, ending the quasi-occupation of the zone by Malaysian maritime agency ships. The presence of these vessels became a particular concern last month, when the Malaysian buoy tender Polaris was struck by the Greek bulker Piraeus. The nature of the accident highlighted the risks for both sides, as the merchant ship was transiting the area on a short trip between the two ports involved in the dispute.
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