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Singapore’s Policy on Pirate Activity in Costal W aters. Straits of Malacca. 34 shipwrecks, some dating to the 1880s, in the Traffic Separation Scheme causing chokepoints within the already narrow channel

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  • 34 shipwrecks, some dating to the 1880s, in the Traffic Separation Scheme causing chokepoints within the already narrow channel

  • Numerous river in-lets, secluded coves, and islands providing concealment and escape routes combine to make ships prime targets for pirates


Interests concerns
Interests / Concerns

  • Sovereignty

  • Sea trade hindrance

  • Piracy trends

  • Shared responsibility & cooperation w/user

  • Counter maritime piracy/terrorism patrols

  • Sharing of info among users/law enforcement

  • Armed security teams

  • Perpetrator prosecution/incarceration


Current policy
Current Policy

  • Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP)

    • Multilateral agreement between 16 countries signed in 2004; effective Sep 2006

    • Information Sharing Center (ISC)

    • 2012 expanded to current size of 18 countries


Current policy continued
Current Policy continued…

  • Malacca Straits Patrols (MSP)

    • Malacca Straits Sea Patrol (MSSP)

    • “Eyes-in-the-Sky” (EiS) air patrols

    • Intelligence Exchange Group (IEG)

    • Cooperative security measures originally established by Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in 2004 to counter maritime piracy and terrorism


Policy development night surveillance
Policy Development - Night Surveillance

  • Sea and air patrols have deterred the potential for daytime attacks, but the region has historically always hosted pirate activity at night under the cover of darkness

  • Employing UAVs with nighttime capabilities will provide aerial surveillance during the primary time of attacks


Policy development investment
Policy Development - Investment

  • Majority of pirate activity stems from economic poverty and instability in the region

  • Invest neighboring countries

    • Offer technical expertise, health, and education assistance

    • Improving infrastructure and promoting increased trading opportunities will strengthen relations, reduce climate fostering piracy in the region, and grow our own economy



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