Balancing the Tensions between Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Have the Straits Reached an Environmental Tipping Point?

By Mohd Hazmi bin Mohd Rusli.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Having reputations as two of the world’s most critical straits for international shipping activities, the problem of vessel-source pollution has always been endemic in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. With the projected steady increase of navigational traffic through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore each year, this situation would eventually create more intricate situations for the littoral States of the Straits, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore especially in maintaining the marine environment of the Straits from vessel-source pollution. Therefore, this article ventures into possible shipping control mechanisms available to the littoral States, namely measures provided by the IMO and any other potential unilateral measures that the littoral States could resort to. The potential legal and political effects arising out of the implementation of these proposed measures are also examined and deliberated.

Keywords: International Environmental Law, Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Law of the Sea

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.39-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 825.681KB).

Mohd Hazmi bin Mohd Rusli

PhD Candidate, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Mohd Hazmi bin Mohd Rusli is a holder of an LLB (Bachelor in Law) Degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is a non-practising advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in Malaysia. Currently, he is undergoing his PhD research at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong under the Malaysian government’s scholarship. His areas of interest are Law of the Sea and issues on marine environmental law.


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