Japan Club warns on Indonesian detentions

Japan Club has said that it has obtained new information about vessels being detained in the Eastern portion of the Singapore Strait. “It seems that vessels are being detained that are drifting, a practice earlier thought to be safer in the circumstances, than anchoring”, the Club said.

The Club reiterated its earlier advice that, given the uncertainty of the Territorial claims and enforcement of same in both Indonesia and Malaysia, it was simply not safe to anchor or drift in the area loosely.

The Club noted that if vessels were detained, attempts to provide security to enable a vessel’s release had been unsuccessful, as a the P&I Insurer’s Letter of Undertaking (for example), was not deemed acceptable security.