OFF PORT LIMIT DETENTIONS: INCREASE IN DETENTIONS FOR ALLEGEDLY ANCHORING WITHOUT PERMISSION OFF MALAYSIA, INDONESIA AND THE STRAITS OF MALACCA AND SINGAPORE
Published: 9 November 2023
An increase in detentions has been reported in Off Port Limit (OPL) areas due to vessels anchoring without local authorities’ permission, with detentions extending beyond the twelve nautical mile zone. Ongoing territorial disputes among Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore highlight the need for vessels to secure approval from the respective local port authority.
Ships are advised to obtain clearance through local agents and maintain active AIS broadcasting. If detained, there are no established release guidelines, potentially causing indefinite delays. Local authorities’ have expressed concerns about navigational safety when vessels drift or slow down, impacting traffic flow and port approaches.
IMO Circular SN.1/Circ.282 reinforces restrictions on anchoring in specific areas.