PUTRAJAYA: Safe sea passages are a must if a country wants to attract investors, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas said.
He said that secure seas equalled that of a healthy economy, adding that the Malaysian Government had ensured the sea transport network was safe.
“When a country’s sea transport is secure, other nations will have confidence that their cargo will be delivered safely, thus increasing the volume of trade.
“While the Peninsular Malaysia Marine Department has taken on the role of designated authority to make sure every port around the country complies with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), I hope that shipping companies and ship owners will follow suit by taking the necessary steps to meet regulations set out by the International Maritime Organisation,” he said during the official Malaysian launch of World Maritime Day yesterday.
The ISPS Code, which will come into effect on July 1 next year, requires ports to have port facility security assessment plans that include appointing a port facility security officer.
For vessels of more than 500 tonnes engaging in international trade, shipping companies and ship owners will have to appoint a company security officer for the company, and a ship security officer posted on board each vessel.
The company security officer will have to undertake ship security assessment and prepare ship security plans for each vessel.
Unggah also said that Malaysia had, in recent years, moved towards becoming an international sea hub.
“Two years ago, Malaysia was the 18th largest trading nation in the world. We are now the 17th largest.
“The figure reflects the importance of our maritime industry to the country’s economy,” he added.
The theme for World Maritime Day this year is “Committed People Working for Safe, Secure and Clean Sea”.