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So Close, Yet So Far And So Crowded

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Phillips Channel is a 1.96 nautical mile channel in the Strait of Malacca close to the south of Singapore. It is the most narrow point of the Strait of Malacca.

So close, but besides the marine life, there are plenty of obstacles in the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, linking major Asian economies of India, China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Over 94,000 vessels pass through the strait each year, carrying 25% of the world’s traded goods as well as 25% of all oil carried by sea passes through the Strait, mainly from Persian Gulf suppliers to Asia.

Additionally, contemporary pirates have attacked numerous ships along the strait and a haze caused by raging bush fires in Sumatra can reduce visibility to 200 meters.

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