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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Piracy decreasing - Strait of Malacca should come off "high risk" zone list, IMB says

Reported here:
he Strait of Melaka is no longer a hotspot for piracy and as such there is no justification in the continued inclusion of the waterway as one of the "high risk" zones in the world, a senior International Maritime Bureau (IMB) official said.

Capt Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the Kuala Lumpur-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-IMB, said the high-risk areas at the moment are in Somalia and the estuaries in Nigeria.

"So, the Melaka Strait is not a hotspot in the world anymore. According to our statistics, it is not a problem at the moment," he told Bernama after sitting as a panellist at a roundtable discussion on security in the Melaka and Singapore Straits, Tuesday.
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