Spica Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu (East Malaysia)


Lot 26A, Jalan Kilang
Sedco Industrial Estate, Kolombong
5 ½ Miles, Jalan Tuaran
88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Phone: (60) 88-386 619
Fax: (60) 88-435 619
Email: kk_claims@spica.com.my

After Office Hours Contact:

Ray Marco Jipin
(60) 019-897-4928


Malaysia is now under Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) starting 10th June – 31st August 2020. Most shipping operations in Sabah / Sarawak and Labuan are allowed to resume to full activity. This, however is subject to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from respective Port Authorities. All crew (including foreign seafarers) are now permitted to sign off but must test negative for COVID-19, and there must a flight availability for repatriation. This might prove to be difficult with international crew. For on-signers, only Malaysian seafarers are allowed.

Piracy – in our area

  • Sulu Sea and eastern Sabah: It has been relatively quiet, but one incident from January 2020 does illustrate the threat and serious problem.  The crew of a fishing trawler was kidnapped.
  • Singapore Strait: With a slight increase in numbers of incidents, from 31 to 34, robberies in the Singapore Strait continues into 2021. What is perhaps interesting is that eastbound vessel are much more prone to being targeted (90%) than westbound vessels, and it is not tugs and barges but mostly tankers and bulkers.

Please find a link to the latest report from ReCAAP on the issue of piracy in our region.


Sabah is one of three Malaysian states/territories on the island of Borneo, and together with Labuan and Sarawak, they are also referred to ‘East Malaysia’. Federal rules and regulations are not identical with the rest of Malaysia. On the same coastline of Borneo, you also find the independent Nation of Brunei.

Tropical climate prevails in the region with high temperatures and high humidity. Although winds are generally calm, strong thunderstorms may last hours. The area is also subjected to two monsoon seasons where both wind and sea is adversely affected.

Most commercial flights from  Kota Kinabalu (KK) to international airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, HCMC, etc. take about 2-3 hours.

Our KK office is near South East Asia’s 3rd highest peak, Mt Kota Kinabalu, and we have been providing correspondent services from East Malaysia since 2014.

Ray Marco Jipin joined Spica in April 2017 as a Claims Executive and handles all Club and H&M matters. He began his career in shipping industry as an Operation Executive with local freight forwarding company. Graduate of Shipping Management from Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) in Johor.

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