Secure sea lanes 'a must to lure investors'


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Sep 2003

BY SHARIL DEWA

BREATHTAKING: A spectacular view of the Red Arrows aerobatics team flying pass the Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya. - STARpic

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. 

MAJESTIC TRIBUTE: Nine Hawk jets from the British Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, in a fly-past formation over the Putrajaya Mosque Saturday in a tribute to Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the "father" of the Malaysian aerospace industry. BAE Systems president Sir Charles Masefield said it was to honour the Prime Minister who had shown his full commitment to develop Malaysia as the hub of the aerospace industry in the region. The team is here to take part in the Langkawi International Maritime and Air Show (Lima '03) from Sept 30 to Oct 5. - Picture by NICK LYON of RAF

“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”. 

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