chapter  3
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Carriage capacity of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

ByYEE CHEOK HONG

Background According to the Review of Maritime Transport 2008 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), global sea-borne trade will increase by 44 per cent in 2020 and double by 2031.1 This will consequently lead to an increase in the volume of maritime traffic through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SoMS). A clear and accurate picture of the carriage capacity of the SoMS would allow the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and other relevant authorities in the littoral states to understand how increases in the volume of maritime traffic could affect navigational efficiency and safety in the SoMS, and allow them to identify strategies to enhance the carriage capacity and address issues of navigational safety, if any. Towards this end, the MPA commissioned a study of the carriage capacity of the SoMS.