Phase Two of the Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Commences

05 March 2018


The second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) by the three littoral States – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced today. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Phase Two of the survey at the 10th Co-operation Forum1 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in October 2017.  

2 This initiative is testament to the strong working relationship between the three littoral States and Japan in promoting safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the SOMS. The data collected from the survey will be used to produce more up-to-date and detailed electronic navigational charts that will improve navigational safety and enable better voyage planning in one of the busiest waterways in the world. 

3 Phase Two will cover waters shallower than 30 metres within the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) from One Fathom Bank in the Malacca Strait to Horsburgh Lighthouse at the eastern entrance to the Singapore Strait. This is a continuation from Phase One, which focused on five depth-critical areas of the TSS in the SOMS. 

4 Phase One of the joint hydrographic survey was completed in 2016. Phase Two of the survey is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is expected to be completed by 2020. 
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1 The Co-operation Forum is one of three components of the Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the SOMS (“Co-operative Mechanism”). The Co-operative Mechanism is the key platform for the littoral States of the SOMS, user States, shipping industry and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue on important issues relating to navigational safety and environmental protection in the SOMS.