Singapore “protest” against Malaysia port plan

Singapore Singapore claims the Johor Bahru Port extension would encroach on Singapore Territorial Waters (STW) off Tuas on the Singapore Strait. Credit: Google Maps

The Government of Singapore has lodged a “strong protest with the Malaysian Government following the latter’s publication of a plan to extend the Johor Bahru Port which it says encroaches into Singapore Territorial Waters (STW) off Tuas on the Singapore Strait.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said the government has asked the Malaysian Government to change its plans and “refrain from taking any further unilateral action”, while the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has instructed ship masters and owners of vessels to disregard Malaysia’s published documentation on the project.

The MOT said: “Singapore has lodged strong protest with the Malaysian Government.”

It stated vessels from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Marine Department Malaysia have also repeatedly intruded into STW off Tuas and Singapore is prepared to take action against intrusions and unauthorised activities in its waters.

“Malaysia’s purported extension of the Johor Bahru port limits and the repeated intrusions by Malaysian Government Vessels into STW are a serious violation of Singapore’s sovereignty and international law,” the MOT stressed.

It has requested that Malaysia amend the Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018 to reflect Singapore’s rule over the waters in question.

Malaysia's transport minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook, called Singapore's claims inaccurate, saying the altered port limits had not encroached any part of the city state.


ShibataFenderTeam supports PIANC Young Professionals

As one of the world's leading fender specialist, we consider it our responsibility to do our part fo... Read more


Warrenpoint Port has commissioned a new crane and has commenced the refurbishment of two other crane... Read more

Bigger share of modal split envisaged for inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region

A vision for inland waterway transport (IWT) in the Baltic Sea Region as well as means to strengthen... Read more

QTerminals reaches new container and cargo handling milestones in record time

Over two million containers and five million tonnes of cargo handled Read more

Bendezu Port Equipment delivered two GOTTWALD HMK 6407 B from BELGIUM to SPAIN

Bendezu Port Equipment GmbH, an international trading company offering second-hand port equipment, h... Read more

View all