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New moves agreed on Malacca safety

New moves agreed on Malacca safety

Kuala Lumpur: An IMO-convened meeting of littoral States of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, held in the Malaysian capital last week, has agreed to support the proposed co-operative mechanism on safety of navigation and environmental protection in the Straits. The meeting supported several projects presented by Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia: removal of wrecks in the Traffic Separation Scheme; enhanced cooperation on preparedness for hazardous and noxious substances (HNS); an AIS (automatic identification system) transponder demonstration project; setting up tide, current and wind measurement systems; and replacement and management of navaids both in the Straits and those damaged by the December 2004 tsunami. The joint efforts of the armed forces of the three littoral states to improve security in the Straits, through the Malacca Straits Coordinated Patrols and 'Eye in the Sky' maritime patrols, were also highlighted as positive efforts towards enhancing maritime security.  [25/09/06]

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