Tensions Between Malaysia, Singapore Re-Escalate After Minister's ‘Intrusion'

Malaysia has redeployed a buoy tender into waters with overlapping maritime territorial claims Deployment has cast doubt over seeming progress made between the two countries to resolve the maritime dispute Tensions in waters off Tuas have re-escalated as Malaysia carries on with intermittent deployments of its government vessels into an area...
  • Malaysia has redeployed a buoy tender into waters with overlapping maritime territorial claims
  • Deployment has cast doubt over seeming progress made between the two countries to resolve the maritime dispute
Chief Minister of Johor, Osman Sapian (centre), surveying the disputed waters in a Malaysia Marine Department vessel, with patrol boats from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Singapore Police Coast Guard (background) tailing behind. (Osman Sapian via Facebook)
Chief Minister of Johor, Osman Sapian (centre), surveying the disputed waters in a Malaysia Marine Department vessel, with patrol boats from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Singapore Police Coast Guard (background) tailing behind. (Osman Sapian via Facebook)

Tensions in waters off Tuas have re-escalated as Malaysia carries on with intermittent deployments of its government vessels into an area claimed by Singapore and Putrajaya.

According to automatic identification system (AIS) data reviewed by Jane’s via the IHS Markit Maritime Portal on 14 January, the 85 m buoy tender from Malaysia’s Marine Department known as MV Polaris has re-entered the disputed territory off Tuas in western Singapore.

Source: www.janes.com