The Straits of Malacca and Singapore is the world’s busiest shipping lane!
The Straits of Malacca and Singapore is the world’s busiest shipping lane. In 2017, a record 83,740 ships transited through it, according to the Seatrade Maritime News website.
As one of the most important shipping lanes on the planet and the shortest route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Strait of Malacca often sees a congested line of ships. About 40% of world trade passes through it each year, including much of the crude oil that goes from the Middle East to China.
At its narrowest point in the Phillips Channel of the Singapore Strait, the Malacca Strait is only 2.8km wide — resulting in it being one of the world’s most congested shipping choke points.
The narrow strait is also vulnerable to disruption. In recent years, there’s been an increase in pirate attacks. Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia — as the three bordering states — are technically responsible for defending it against piracy. The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Republic of Singapore Navy play an important role in maintaining and defending it. In fact, because of the strait’s importance, the US, China, India, and Japan have all provided assistance in securing the region.
Are you interested to find out more about Logistics and the Supply Chain industry? Come on down to the Singapore Logistics Carnival on 6 Oct 2018 to learn more!