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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Malacca, Straits of

J Ashley Roach

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2023

Straits — Innocent passage — Exclusive economic zone — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Marine environment, protection — Piracy — Ships / vessels

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Together the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are the main seaways connecting the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, and together are the shortest routes for vessels trading between the Middle East and Far East Asian countries (Straits, International). Consequently, traffic transiting the region is considerable, reported to be approximately 60,000 vessels a year. In addition, there are a high number of local vessels engaged in trade across the straits; numerous fishing vessels can be encountered in most areas.2 The Straits of Malacca and Singapore extend for...
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