Strait of Malacca

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Malacca, Strait of

(məläk`ə), c.500 mi (800 km) long and from c.30 to 200 mi (50–320 km) wide, between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Linking the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, it is one of the world's most important sea passages. Chief ports include Belawan in Indonesia and MelakaMelaka
or Malacca
, state (1991 pop. 504,502), 640 sq mi (1,658 sq km), Malaysia, S Malay Peninsula, on the Strait of Malacca. Formerly one of the Straits Settlements, it was constituted a state of Malaya in 1957 (see Malaysia).
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 and Penang in Malaysia; Singapore is at the southern end of the strait. The Strait of Malacca has been controlled by the Arabs, the Dutch, the Portuguese, and the British. In the mid-19th cent. it was a haven for pirates who menaced Dutch and British traders. Piracy remained a problem in the strait into the early 2000s.

Malacca, Strait of


a strait between the Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra. It joins the Andaman Sea with the South China Sea. The strait is about 1,000 km long; the minimum width is about 40 km, and the minimum depth in the fairway is 25 m. The port of Singapore (the capital of the state of Singapore) is located near the southern entrance of the Strait of Malacca.

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There is the Malacca Strait Cruise Package traveling to Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket, while the Java Sea package sails to Surabaya and North Bali.
Around the year 1400, a local king, Iskender Shah, established a new kingdom in the present-day location of Malacca, on the North Shore of the Malacca Strait.
Earlier, on May 5, defence and foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines signed the "Joint Declaration on Immediate Measures to Address Security Issues in the Maritime Areas of Common Concern among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines" in Yogyakarta to stop the abductions of the ASG in the Celebes and Sulu Seas, including Malacca Strait.
Two boats that crossed the Malacca Strait have been turned away by the Indonesian navy, and on Friday, another was towed out to sea by the Thai navy.
Harry was also at the Battle of Malacca Strait when the Japanese cruiser Haguro was sunk in 1945.
Since April, at least six fuel tankers have been hijacked and drained in the Malacca Strait or nearby waters of the South China Sea, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which in mid-June warned small tankers to maintain strict anti-piracy measures in the area.
The media quoting top military authorities said the military outpost in India's Andaman and Nicobar overlooks the Malacca Strait and dominates the Six-Degree Channel.
Malaysia has extended the massive search operation for the plane to the Malacca Strait after initially focusing on the South China Sea.
The energy minister proposed that China ship its crude oil, imported from the Middle East, via Pakistan, which stretches from the Gulf of Omen in the southwest to the border with Xinjiang in China, because this path is "strategically more secure" than taking a detour via the Malacca Strait.
In viewing Indonesia as an archipelagic State, Hamid reemphasizes Denys Lombard's view that the ocean can be not just a separator but a connector, and here includes the Malacca Strait, the Sunda Strait, the Java Sea, the Sea of Makassar, and the Maluku Sea (pp.
The pipelines are crucial strategic links which will allow China to bypass the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, and receive oil from the Middle East and Africa via the Indian Ocean and a port on Maday island, off the coast of Myanmar.
Trying to decrease dependence on coal, China invests in gas pipeline running through Burma as an alternative to the Malacca Strait route