The impact that modern piracy has on maritime security

The sea, a largely unregulated space, is potentially a safe heaven for criminals, terrorists to act unopposed by military or law enforcement efforts.

Securing maritime supply chains against disruption thus presents an enormous challenge for the entire world. States have invested significant political, diplomatic and military resources to ensure the smooth flow of commerce and chosen sophisticated security strategies and systems so as not to slow down international trade and impede economic growth. Basically, operational strategies will ensure that trade flows unhindered and sea lines of communication are protected.

This economic dimension is important in understanding the manifestation and evolving dynamic of piracy as well as for setting it apart from maritime terrorism, which is primarily aimed at leveraging or otherwise undermining the oceanic environment to secure political, ideological or religious imperatives.

Maritime security has already become a global concern in the present world. Severe threats could be posed if maritime security is jeopardized, as has been proven by a large number of incidents of such kind. To many observers, maritime security appears to be a large and sometimes not fully understood concept.

In fact, it has become a large task involving many entities from international, public and private sectors aiming at:

• preserving the freedom of the seas
• facilitating and defending commerce
• maintaining good governance at sea

Preventative measures are an important element in the fight against maritime piracy

Maritime piracy continues to be the most pressing blue crime on the international security agenda. Piracy is a problem of particular concern in the Gulf of Guinea today but remains a significant challenge in the Gulf of Aden, the Malacca Strait, and the Sulu and Celebes Seas too.

Modern piracy is a severe threat to shipping, especially on the trade routes between Europe, Africa and Asia. Crew members and passengers have been and continue to be injured, abducted or even killed in pirate attacks.

The shipping industry is growing and technology is quickly advancing, therefore companies and crew members need to be constantly updated regarding the best security protocols to protect their vessel, crew members and their country. There are various options to fight piracy, for example, shipowners should observe the latest warning notices and safety levels when operating ships in areas threatened by piracy. Crews should be prepared by training and their ships fitted with appropriate defence technology. Last but not least, privately contracted armed security personnel provide additional protection against piracy.

With the help of proper maritime security, threats to the ship and the people on it can be thwarted. Nowadays, marine transportation has reached greater heights and this is why maritime security companies are needed for professional safety services for the ships and ports.

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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 purpose of naval ships is to protect (offensively and defensively) national interests against threats during war or other types of crisis. Therefore, for both civilian and naval ships, there is a need to analyse the threat and reduce the possible harmful effects of an attack.

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Our team combines industry leaders from the security, technology, and regulatory fields offering their expertise to ensure safer environments, lower operational costs and better customer experience for companies, and a better customer experience for people.

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