The proposed motion to declare the waters of Pulau Kukup-Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor as a ‘Particularly Sensitive Sea Area’ (PSSA) saw a lot of support from the international community.
Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee Chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the proposal was presented at the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) conference in London, UK recently.
“More than 60 kilometres of water between Kukup Island and Tanjung Piai were proposed as PSSA areas and to control measures,” said Ayub adding that the waters were proposed as PSSA to reduce pressure from international shipping using the Straits of Melaka and Singapore Strait.
“These proposal papers have been supported internationally namely by Singapore, Chile, Japan, Peru, United States, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia,” he added.
The MEPC 71 conference was attended by 101 countries at the International Maritime Organisation’s Headquarters in London, UK where they will discuss issues and solutions to the impact of shipping on the environment.