KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 -- In maintaining the aids to navigation that are vital components for the safety of ships transiting the Straits of Melaka and Singapore, the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF) to date has received contributions amounting to over US$21 million (RM88 million).
The Malaysian Marine Department (MARDEP) director-general and ANF chairman Datuk Baharin Abdul Hamid said this in a statement issued tonight following the conclusion of the 23rd meeting of the ANF Committee in Kuching in Sarawak on Sept 26-27.
“The members of the ANF committee are from three littoral states namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as India, China, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Malacca Strait Council (MSC), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Foundation for Aids to Navigation, Whitherby Publishing Group, The Nippon Foundation (represented by the Nippon Maritime Centre),” it said.
The two-day meeting discussed vital matters related to the straits and exchanged information and ideas on how to better manage them. Malaysia has chaired the annual meeting since 2018 after the handover of the chairmanship from Singapore, it added.