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Friday, June 15, 2007

Al Jazeera on Fighting Piracy On The High Seas

Found as Fighting Piracy On The High Seas:
Piracy on the Malacca Strait, the waterway between Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, has historically threatened the safe transport of manufactured goods and commodities.

The three countries now maintain a strong naval presence in the Strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Al Jazeera’s Hamish MacDonald stepped aboard one of the patrol boats.

It is late afternoon on the Malacca Strait, but the day has only just begun for the crew of Malaysia's new maritime enforcement agency.

These men patrol the busiest shipping lane in Asia, trying to provide safe passage for half of the world's oil and a third of the world’s trade.

"We are patrolling day and night, 24 hours patrolling," Siva Kumar Vengadasalam, the patrol's commanding officer, told Al Jazeera.
Technically, the patrols do not take place on the "high seas" but rather in the territorial waters of Malaysia and the other littoral states of the Malacca Strait. Still, it is nice to see the efforts reported.

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