Sulu Sea route re-opens

Move follows spate of recent attacks and crew kidnappings.

Indonesia Reopens Pirate-Infested Sulu Sea Route for Larger Cargo Ships

Jakarta. The government revoked a ban for Indonesian cargo ships with gross tonnage above 500 tonnes from making voyage into Philippine waters on Friday (28/10), allowing some businesses to resume trade on the pirate-infested route.

But the government decided to keep its ban on tugboats and barges on the route, since the smaller vessels are easier to be hijacked compared to the larger-sized boats, Tonny Boediono, the director general of sea transportation at the Transportation Ministry, said.

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