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Cut the VHF chatter, follow the rules!

A recently launched guide says many investigations reveal VHF radio communication is a contributing factor in collisions at sea

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A statement announcing the pamphlet's launch noted that SOMS remains one of the busiest and most important shipping lanes in the world. It is a vital sea line of communication, carrying about one-third of the world's traded goods and used by ships voyaging from west to east - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

TOGETHER with shipping industry organisation Bimco, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have jointly published what is described as a "handy pamphlet for users of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS)". It covers best practices to be observed, and the importance of keeping to the