"Indonesia Says No to Escorts with Armed Guards in Malacca Strait
An Indonesian foreign ministry spokesperson said that the responsibility for maintaining security should remain in the hands of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Furthermore, the Indonesian government plans to detain ships with private armed escorts.
Private companies are currently providing armored-plated vessels to escort ships between Sri Lanka and the South China Sea. They are charging about $50,000 per mission.
The Straits' shipping lanes are used by over 50,000 vessels each year. The International Maritime Bureau says that while pirate attacks were down last year by 25 percent, crew deaths rose by 42 percent, which indicates that pirates have become more violent. "