Maritime Security in SE Asia
A challenge for the maritime industry.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
BY TAI WEI LIM
One of the greatest challenges to the maritime industry in Southeast Asia is piracy, especially in the archipelagos of Indonesia/Philippines/Brunei/East Malaysia and that of Malaysia/Singapore. The Straits of Malacca is one of the world’s busiest waterways and one of the most important routes for global shipping, especially from Northeast Asia to Europe and vice versa (together with all the intermediary maritime regions in between).
Such waterways have been nicknamed the maritime “superhighways” of the world. The Straits of Malacca is also a security hotspot although its littoral countries have substantially mitigated the incidents by working together. Perhaps that is a reason why the Straits is not prominently featured like other areas where piracy is found, such as Somalia, with its backdrop and real-life incidents becoming the stuff of legend for Hollywood movies.
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