Private maritime security company (PMSC) in the Strait of Malacca : — Options for Malaysia

Recently, maritime security issues in the Strait of Malacca have been in the limelight. Statistics highlighting the risk of piracy faced by shipping in the Strait of Malacca and the possibility of a terrorist attack have led to an enhanced awareness of the need for heightened security. The declaration by Lloyd’s Joint War Committee (JWC) of the Strait as a “war risk area” has strengthened the perception that the littoral states have not done enough to make the Strait secure for international trade.Taking advantage of this situation, private maritime security companies (PMSC) have begun offering security services for merchant ships transiting the Strait. But their presence in the Strait raises many legal and political issues for the littoral states such as its impact on sovereignty. This paper examines these issues and deliberates options and their implications for the Malaysian government in managing this situation.


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  • Accession Number: 01609101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:18AM