Southeast Asia

Maritime Security Southeast Asia – The Regional Threat

Maritime security Southeast Asia. There are two main areas of heightened pirate activity in Southeast Asia, the Straits of Malacca (SOM) to the west, and the Tri-Border Area (TBA) – the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia – in the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea to the east. The current lull in acts of piracy in the area of the SOM is due only to the relatively low prices of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and Gasoil prices. If these were to rise again to the levels seen in 2012, then it is extremely likely that illegal activities will become cost-effective again for the perpetrators and acts of piracy will rise once more. The Politically-charged piracy in the Eastern Region around the Sulu-Celebes Seas, from groups such as Abu Sayyaf, will also almost certainly continue. Both regions are extremely hard to police as the many thousands of islands in the region offer effective hiding places for the criminals.

Until now the only alternatives for shipowners has been to either accept the extremely high risk of sailing unprotected through the areas such as the Sulu and Celebes Seas and face a potentially high ransom payment and massive negative PR impact, or to deviate well to the East or West and incur additional fuel costs. Now, however, we are able to provide a secure and cost-effective alternative with the provision of armed guards from Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.

Maritime Security Southeast Asia – The Solution

The different National Regulations applicable in each of the 3 nations in the TBA means that the traditional model of employing Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) cannot be used. The only viable (Legal) solution for embarked armed security, therefore, is the use of the Government Forces from each of the three countries to protect vessels sailing through each of the Territorial Waters (TTW). We have secured the rights to provide such a service in all three TTW’s, with the full authority of each Nation.

Figure 1 illustrates various embarkation/disembarkation points in the TBA along with some of the major shipping routes. The routes are shown as a guide only and other transfer points can be considered upon request.

Most Common Routes

The routes used most frequently by our existing customers are:

  • Mindoro to Bongao (vice versa)
  • OPL Tawau to OPL Sandakan/OPL Kudat (vice versa)
  • OPL Mataram to OPL Sebatik (vice versa)
  • OPL Mamuju to OPL Sebatik (vice versa)
  • OPL Sebatik to Balikpapan/ Banjamasin/ Jakarta/ Batam (vice versa)

Call us now on +60 12 287 7435 (Malaysia) or contact us to speak with one of our experts. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation.