Singapore tightens maritime security

Move to tackle illegal fishing, smuggling and piracy. 

Parliament: Maritime security to be tightened with more physical barriers along coastline 


SINGAPORE – More physical barriers will be put up around Singapore’s coastline to prevent illegal entry, while a review of maritime security will be taken in the coming months, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean in Parliament on Tuesday. He was responding to a query by Mr Hri Kumar (MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) after an incident in August when three foreigners illegally entered Singapore through Raffles Marina.

An additional 80km of land and sea-based barriers, such as fences, will be installed. That will result in 143km of barriers around Singapore’s 193km coastline, said DPM Teo. The additional barriers will help security agencies to focus their attention on areas and vessels that are more likely to pose a threat, added Mr Teo, who said that these measures have proven to be “generally successful”.

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