12 Oct '17, 9pm

Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia to continue efforts to map straits - The Straits Times

Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia to continue efforts to map straits - The Straits Times

Updating maps of Singapore's waters is a tedious process and can take a team of four people months to complete. But the maps are crucial for improving safety of navigation for ships travelling in one of the busiest ports in the world, said the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA). The Singapore Strait, which lies beyond the country's port limit, is also a high-traffic waterway, with 84,000 vessels transiting through it last year. The importance of maritime trade and activity is why Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia signed an agreement on Oct 2 to continue efforts to map the straits of Malacca and Singapore. It includes using multi-beam sonar technology that produces high-resolution 3D models of the seabed. This second phase of a joint hydrographic survey aims to map out the remaining areas of the Traffic Separation Scheme within the straits of Malacca and Singapore which are ...

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