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TNP INFOGRAPHICS: LEE HUP KHENG

Coastline

197km

High traffic

140,000 foreign vessels called on Singapore last year and they included passenger liners, cargo vessels and pleasure craft.

180 wharves & jetties, mostly privately-owned

Short distance between our shoreline and international boundaries: some less than 500m.

Local vessels travelling between various landing points within our waters do not require clearance by Singaporean authorities.

Our maritime security agencies

  • Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)
  • Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
  • Police Coast Guard (PCG)
  • Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

Foreign vessels are permitted by international law to pass through our waters on transit or innocent passage without clearance if they do not call into S’pore.

ON GUARD

Barriers

63km of land- and sea-based physical barriers to deter illegal landings at vulnerable areas. Another 80km to be added over time. The total length of barriers will cover 143km of our coastline.

The RSN and PCG patrol our waters regularly. PCG and ICA joint operations regularly check on vessels for illegal activities or persons.

Number of vessels detected and stopped from entering our territorial waters last year. 2,890

Number of vessels seized for intruding our waters from 2011 to last year. 46

Number of persons arrested for entering our waters illegally or attempting to land illegally by sea.

2013 49

2011-2013 144