Maritime security: threats and vulnerabilities

Maritime security: threats and vulnerabilities

Maritime security has been one of the most significant concerns for the international maritime community, particularly since the 1980s.
For many centuries, piracy was the most imminent security issue that made the shipping business suffer greatly both economically and in terms of life at sea.
​ But in the future, the threat to maritime security may not be pirates or terrorists, but hackers – people accessing shipboard systems via computers, either on the ship or thousands of miles away on dry land.

Threats to maritime security

In today’s economy, the oceans have an increased importance, allowing all countries to participate in the global marketplace. More than 80 percent of the world’s trade travels by water and forges a global maritime link. About half the world’s trade by value, and 90 percent of the general cargo, are transported in containers.
Maritime security is best achieved by blending public and private maritime security activities on a global scale into an integrated effort that addresses all maritime threats.

The role of maritime security in the maritime and port industry

Many countries have invested significant resources in maritime infrastructure, containerized trade, energy supply chains, information technology-driven cargo movements and processes accelerating financial transactions in order to harness the benefits of globalization.
Nowadays, the world is going through an unprecedented situation, being deeply marked by the irrational actions of forces that promote terrorism as a means of dividing the international community and weakening global stability in general. The global character of the fight against terrorism has become a necessary, but unexpected and least desired component of the phenomenon of globalization, already constituting an imperative for the fight and attitude of all states.


​​ Maritime piracy – hidden threats


Increasing shipping piracy threats have resulted in huge losses for the shipping companies, forcing them to find new methods to battle the piracy. In order to tackle this problem successfully, many security companies have started to provide maritime security services, which are custom made for the present modern piracy at sea. In the recent past, several countries across the world have introduced legislation and rules to help the shipping companies to place armed guards on board the vessels to safeguard the ships from the acts of piracy. The new rules allow the vessels to seek the help of private maritime security companies that are capable of providing qualified security personnel to keep the ship, crew and cargo safe.

Shipping and ships represent great monetary as well as symbolic value and can therefore be the target of security threats such as robbery, piracy or terrorist attack.
The problem of maritime piracy is pretty common, especially with the modernization of boats and weapons. Dealing with maritime piracy has to do with coordinated and orchestrated efforts at different levels including, domestic, regional and international. Anti-maritime piracy operations have been very successful in controlling and reducing piratical activities. Therefore, for example attacks on merchant vessels off the Somalian coast have considerably reduced.
Maritime piracy operations require cooperation and coordination at international, regional and national levels. At the domestic level, government agencies and institutions need to develop a coherent system of information and data sharing, to avoid laps and overlaps within the system.

Maritime security training

Maritime security, after airline security, has quickly became one of the worlds’s greatest areas of concern.

Neural Guard is a dynamic technology company constantly developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market. Therefore, Neural Guard produces automated threat detection solutions powered by AI for the security screening market.
We strongly believe that maritime training is one of the most important factors to consider in achieving safe and secure operations of vessels. This is why we also strongly believe that our courses specifically designed and crafted for the maritime security professionals provide the proper knowledge, reaction and training to our trainees.
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