Threat of Terror Attacks in The Malacca Strait

The Singaporean navy warns that a terror group is planning one or more terror attack at oil tankers in the Malacca Strait, and the authorities in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia has decided to strengthen security in the area, reports Nordjyske.dk.


The Danish shipowner’s association calls the new issue of terror attacks yet another problem for the international shipping companies.


“The Malacca Strait was not long ago known as a safe waters, after the local authorities had cleaned it up. But these days we fight with pirates, and then it’s a double challenge when there also is  terrorist threats,” says Jan Fritz Hansen, who is vice director in the Danish shipowner’s association.


The authorities in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia has decided to strengthen security in the area. The strait is one of the busiest sea lanes in the world. More than 30 percent of the international trade and half of the world’s oil transports passes through this strait.


“We will enhance the security and do more patrols in the area. Oil tankers may still sail through, but we will strengthen our readiness, said the Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro to Reuters.


According to The Danish shipowner’s association about five-six Danish ships sails through the Malacca Strait every day, writes Nordjyske.dk



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