The Strait of Malacca is the world’s most important strategic passage in terms of the volumes it transits; about 30% of the global maritime traffic. Benefiting from its strategic location, the Port of Singapore dominates (around 50% of traffic) and has remained the region’s most important transshipment hub, connecting cargoes between Europe / Asia routes. 85% of its traffic concerns transshipment such as regional feeder services as well as relay transshipment between different deep-sea services.
Two major competing hubs have emerged in proximity to Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas and Port Klang (or Port Kelang). The development of these two ports underlines the demand for transshipment that this passage generates as a point of transit in global trade, a process that appears to be ongoing.