Haze alert to vessels plying Straits of Malacca

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  • Friday, 07 Mar 2003

MUAR: All vessels plying waters of the Malacca Straits, especially along the stretch between Batu Pahat and here, have been advised to navigate cautiously following the return of the haze over the past two days. 

Muar marine police chief Asst Supt Abdul Salam Abdul Halim said visibility had dropped to about 500m and posed dangers to vessels, especially trawlers and barter-trading vessels from Indonesia. 

“We urge all ships using the straits, especially during the night, to be on the alert and navigate with care to avoid mishaps. 

“We advise all barter-trading vessels to put on their lights when navigating during the night between Malaysia and Sumatra,” he told reporters at the marine police jetty here yesterday. 

ASP Abdul Salam said the dry spell in Johor and Sumatra could be causing the haze and the situation could worsen if dry weather continued. 

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