Anti-piracy patrols adrift
The Sibutu Passage between Malaysia and the Philippines has emerged as Asia’s most dangerous waterway as Islamic terror groups target seaborne trade
Anti-piracy patrols adrift in terror-targeted waterway
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 channel between the southern Philippines Sulu region and Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah, used by more than 13,000 ships a year, has replaced the Malacca Strait as Asia’s top piracy hotspot in the past six months, disrupting trade and pushing up insurance premiums.
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