Wednesday, June 14, 2006

IMB supports taking Strait of Malacca off risk list for piracy

Reported here:
An international maritime watchdog has urged leading insurer Lloyd's to remove the Malacca Strait from a list of dangerous waterways, saying piracy attacks have fallen sharply there.

'Based on the figures, there is no justification for them to include Malacca Strait in the list, unless Lloyd's has some other information that we are not aware of,' said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre.

Choong said the Malacca Strait is 'not a hot spot at the moment' as the three states bordering the strategic waterway -- Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore have launched aggressive joint patrols.

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