The Pirate Patrols

The Pirate Patrols goes behind the scenes of Malaysia’s various waterborne prevention teams and follows their efforts to combat piracy in the Strait of Malacca, the world’s busiest waterway.

Produced by NHNZ

For thousands of years the Strait of Malacca has been one of the world’s busiest trade and shipping routes.  By transiting the strait ships shave 1,000 miles, and three days’ sailing, off the voyage between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.

But it can be a hazardous shortcut.

Every day 600 ships crowd into a 500 mile long channel that at times narrows to just 11 miles.  With twenty percent of the world’s oil passing through here, thousands of the world’s wealthiest tourists, and untold millions of dollars of commercial goods, the strait is a magnet for smugglers, illicit traders and pirates.

This documentary goes behind the scenes of Malaysia’s various waterborne prevention teams and follows their efforts to combat piracy in the Strait of Malacca, the world’s busiest waterway.

It examines the technologies that they bring to bear in the battle against the foe, such as the specially designed  ‘interceptor’ vessels that have been developed for high-speed pursuit through the maze of small islands and mangroves swamps that pepper the strait.  It also includes filming with the Police’s specially equipped and trained anti-piracy commando unit – the UTK.

By utilising the latest in spy and infra-red cameras, the production literally takes the viewer into the frontline of policing and patrolling the Strait of Malacca.

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