FEATURE: Australia and Timor Leste: the 2018 Timor Sea Treaty

The 2018 Timor Sea Treaty signed in New York between Australia and Timor Leste on March 6, 2018 is a landmark agreement between the two countries and provides a pathway for the final settlement of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) maritime boundaries between the countries.

Consortium awarded Indonesian IRM job

A consortium that includes Advanced Offshore Services, Wintermar and Guna Tesuma Internasional has been awarded a three-year contract for offshore inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services to an Indonesia-based upstream oil and gas company.

FEATURE: Tri-border maritime cooperation foundering

The tri-border area (TBA) between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia in the Sulu and Celebes seas has witnessed a spate of increasingly audacious hijackings since March 2016. By the end of June 2017, 23 actual or attempted incidents had occurred, with 59 crew members abducted. Of these mariners, 30 have since been released, nine rescued and two killed. As of this writing, 18 remain in captivity.

OPINION: China’s cable strategy – exploring global undersea dominance

Since September 2016, China Telecom has replaced satellite stations on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands with 4G fibre-optic cable stations. Fibre-optic cables are much faster and much more stable than satellite systems. Installation began just two months after an arbitral tribunal in the Hague unanimously found against Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. The stations significantly strengthen China’s command and control capabilities in the South China Sea. Over the longer term, China’s cable strategy holds serious security implications for the US, Taiwan and the Asia–Pacific community.

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