Japan urges Malacca Strait shipping safety

01/24/2005
Japanese Defense Minister Yoshinoro Ono, on a swing through Southeast Asia, has urged Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore to do more to protect oil shipping through the Malacca Strait from piracy and terrorism.In April 2004, the US Energy Information Administration estimated that 11 million b/d of oil passed through Malacca Strait in 2003. About 50,000 vessels/year, both oil and nonoil, travel through the waterway, which is a narrow, 550-mile long passage between peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia's Sumatra island.Rising Chinese imports are raising traffic through the strait. Most piracy takes in place in a section called Singapore Strait, which is 1.5 mile wide at its narrowest part.On...
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