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Online tool for Straits shipping

Online tool for Straits shipping

Singapore:  Info@SEA Pte Ltd, a jv involving BMT Asia Pacific and the MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore), has launched STRAITSFORECAST, an online Digital Tide Atlas for the Malacca and Singapore Straits, designed to support passage planning, navigation safety and the management of collision risk.

The service is described as the world's first Internet-based solution to deliver Meteorological-Ocean for shipping within the confines of a port, thereby improving safety, environmental performance and terminal efficiency.

'With Singapore being one of the busiest shipping hubs in the world, and the Malacca and Singapore Straits being a busy shipping passage, users of the information services will be able to apply analysis, prediction and forecast modelling to maritime activities in order to better manage risk,' says Info@SEA ceo Donald D'Cruz.
Some 50,000 ships pass through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore each year, equivalent to 25% of the world's sea trade, including 11 million barrels of oil per day. The 500km long waterway is only 2.5km wide at it narrowest point just south of Sentosa, causing strong and complex currents.  [10/07/06]