China Recommends Top Security Level for Ships in Malacca Strait

BEIJING, July 3 (Reuters) - China's Ministry of Transport has raised its security recommendation for Chinese vessels in the Malacca Strait, a major potential bottleneck for global oil, to the highest level, according to a notice dated July 2 sent to shipping companies. The level for Chinese vessels passing through and going to the strait was raised to "3" as of 10 p.m. on … [Read more...]

USS McCain Collision Exposes Singapore-Malaysia Sea Dispute

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A collision between a U.S. warship and an oil tanker near the Straits of Malacca on Monday has shone a light on a territorial dispute that has simmered between neighbors Singapore and Malaysia for nearly 40 years. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore, while heading to the … [Read more...]

Oil Spice: With $3 Billion Port, Malacca Eyes Slice of Shipping Giant Singapore’s Pie

By Roslan Khasawneh KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Once at the heart of the global spice trade, Malacca is pumping nearly $3 billion into an ambitious plan to put itself in demand in a different hot commodity - oil. The Malaysian state is reclaiming land along the Straits of Malacca to build a port that can handle the biggest tankers on the planet. The target: a slice … [Read more...]

Bunker Heist – Pirates Strike Product Tanker in Strait of Malacca

A Singapore-registered petroleum product tanker was hit by pirates late Saturday night while underway in the Strait of Malacca. According to the regional piracy program ReCAAP, a gang of eight armed pirates boarded the MT Ocean Energy at about 21300 hours on Saturday (May 2) as it sailed in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The pirates ordered the vessel to anchor … [Read more...]

Modern Pirates, The Success Rate Of

*Red denotes a successful attack. Yellow marks an attempt This Google Maps mashup, brought to gCaptain's attention by wired's blog monkeybites, documents all known attacks of modern pirates over the pass year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFPeJ6XdfFo . This Youtube video, Maritime Terror, provided by Journeyman Pictures takes a look at Modern Piracy. Here is more … [Read more...]