According to Britannia, 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.
n particular, 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.
Furthermore, local authorities’ have expressed concerns about navigational safety when vessels drift or slow down, impacting traffic flow and port approaches.