Malacca Strait Bridge

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Malacca Straits Bridge
Route information
Length: 48 km (30 mi)
Major junctions
Northeast end: Telok Gong
Masjid Tanah, Malacca
Malaysia
Southwest end: Makeruh
Rupat Island, Riau Province
Indonesia
Highway system
Malacca Strait Bridge
Jambatan/Jembatan Selat Melaka/Malaka
JSS, Jembatan Selmal
Official name Malacca Strait Bridge
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Straits of Malacca
Locale Dumai-Rupat Toll Road (Dupat), Indonesia

Telok Gong-Masjid Tanah-Alor Gajah Expressway (TMA), Malaysia
Maintained by --
Designer Government of Malaysia
Government of Indonesia
Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
Design cable-stayed bridges (two)
suspension bridge (one)
Total length 48 km
Width --
Longest span --
Opened --

Coordinates: 2°15′N 101°45′E / 2.250°N 101.750°E / 2.250; 101.750

The Malacca Strait Bridge (Malay/Indonesian: Jambatan/Jembatan Selat Melaka/Malaka or JSM and Jembatan Selmal) is a new bridge under proposal that would connect Telok Gong, near Masjid Tanah, Malacca state in Peninsula Malaysia, Malaysia to Rupat Island and Dumai in Sumatra island, Indonesia.[1] The project has been submitted for government approval, and is expected to take 10 years to complete. Once completed, the 48-km long bridge will be the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world. The project will have two cable-stayed bridges and one suspension bridge, both the longest in the world.

Strait of Malacca connects Pacific Ocean (east) with Indian Ocean (west)
The region around the Strait of Malacca

The construction of a bridge of this kind would have numerous implications, including for the management of ship movements through the Malacca Straits, one of the busiest shipping channels in the world.[2]

Timeline[edit]

  • In March 2013 during a visit to Germany, president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the construction of the planned Sunda Strait Bridge would have priority. He said that four years earlier he had turned down a request from Malaysia to support the construction of the Malacca Strait Bridge because the construction of such a bridge would facilitate the depletion of resources in Sumatra 'by Asia'.[3]
  • On 15 October 2013, the Malacca State Government revived the controversial 48km-long Malacca-Dumai, Indonesia, bridge project across the Straits of Malacca, after a seven-year lull.[4] The Exim Bank of China was reportedly prepared to fund up to 85% of the cost of the project (estimated at around US$ 14 billion) with the rest of the financing being provided from regional sovereign funds and private investors.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Plans for bridge between Malacca, Dumai', New Straits Times, December 20, 2010
  2. ^ Mohd Hazmi bin Mohd Rusli, 'Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Ensuring Safe Navigation', RSIS Commentaries, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, No 131/2011, Singapore, 13 September 2011.
  3. ^ 'Presiden: JSS Sangat Strategic,' (President: JSS is very strategic) Suara Pembaruan, 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ Malacca revives straits bridge project The Star, 15 October 2013
  5. ^ Yong Yen Nie and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, 'China's EXIM bank to fund most of Malacca-Indonesia bridge project', The Jakarta Post 18 October 2013.