Malaysia detains militant suspects

Four foreigners detained for militant links in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has detained four foreigners, including two ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, on suspicion of being involved in militant groups, police said on Tuesday. Malaysia is home to tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have for years arrived in the Southeast Asian nation […]

Singapore Rejects Chinese Security Alert

MPA Singapore Rejects Chinese Security Alert The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has responded to China’s decision to raise the security level for its vessels heading through the Strait of Malacca, asserting that no information has been received about an immediate threat. According to Bloomberg, a notice was served by China’s transport ministry […]

Maritime chokepoints: the backbone of international trade

Earlier this year, two reports analysing the world’s main shipping routes found that international trade is increasingly reliant on a handful of transit chokepoints, the disruption of which could easily throw the global food supply and the energy market into disarray. BY EVA GREY The disruption of just one of the world’s eight key maritime […]

Anti-piracy patrols adrift in terror-targeted waterway

The Sibutu Passage between Malaysia and the Philippines has emerged as Asia’s most dangerous waterway as Islamic terror groups target seaborne trade By ALAN BOYD Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have started joint patrols against pirates terrorizing shipping in the deep water Sibutu Passage, but limited resources and legal obstacles are already rocking the boat. The […]

Regional maritime security exercise sees its largest group of participating countries

Lim Min Zhang SINGAPORE – More countries are coming together in an exercise to share information about maritime security challenges in the region. Called South-east Asia Cooperation and Training (Seacat), the two-week maritime security exercise co-hosted by Singapore and the United States has the largest number of participants this year, with 11 nations. To continue […]

Asia shipping mishaps cause concern over sea safety; search expands

Two shipping collisions near the Singapore Strait in less than a week have caused serious concerns and brought into renewed focus the need for seamless movement of cargo traffic worth billions of dollars annually in the region, market participants said on Wednesday. Separately, Southeast Asia is already grappling with piracy and terrorism in the Sulu […]

High Traffic, High Risk in the Strait of Malacca

The chokepoint, near where Sunday’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker occurred, is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. KRISHNADEV CALAMUR The Strait of Malacca, near where 10 U.S. sailors are missing after their vessel, the USS John S. McCain, collided Sunday with an oil tanker, has historically been one of the world’s […]

Hormuz and Malacca Remain Top Oil Chokepoints

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its 2017 World Oil Transit Chokepoints report highlighting that, by volume of oil transit, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca are the world’s most important chokepoints. Chokepoints are narrow channels along widely used global sea routes for oil transport, with some so narrow that restrictions are […]

Piracy in Australia’s Neighbors

Capacity-building in Melanesia will have a direct impact on Australian security. By Nathan Page Contemporary piracy conjures images of Somali pirates off the horn of Africa. Taking advantage of a region of fragility, these groups venture into international maritime trade routes well-armed in fast boats. The issue of Somali piracy and the international response is widely covered. What is […]