Maritime Security

Maritime Security is a term which applies to a large variety of technology, devices, and operations both on deck and on shore. It can mean the simple measures used by boat owners and operators to protect individuals, vessels, and cargo from theft, sabotage, or piracy. It can also refer to the large-scale initiatives of modern naval forces to prevent and arrest dangerous and illegal activities; such as hijacking, piracy, and human trafficking.

In the United States, these actions are largely undertaken by the USCG, which is appointed to protect all ports, vessels, and facilities. These duties were outlined and expanded by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 in an effort to combat terrorism. On international waters, maritime security regulations are addressed by the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which was adopted in 2002 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Both of these agreements are concerned with vessel security. They state that vessel owners/operators must appoint security officers, formulate and implement security plans and measures according to the specifics of the vessel, and follow the dictates of global security levels. The same regulations are in place for owners and operators of marine facilities, whether they are located offshore or on the waterfront.

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IMO Urges Action to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Enhanced cooperation and implementation of best practices are needed to avoid, deter…

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US Navy Seizes Weapons from Dhows off Somalia

The U.S. Navy seized thousands of weapons from two stateless dhows during a maritime…

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Pakistan's Multinational Naval Exercise Concludes

The Pakistan navy’s seventh biennial multinational “Aman” (peace) exercise in Pakistani waters aimed

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DG Risk Group Acquires Protection Vessels International

DG Risk Group announced Monday it has acquired armed maritime security company Protection…

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Pirates Flee After Failed Bulker Hijacking Off Nigeria

Eagle Bulk Shipping confirmed reports that one of its bulk carriers was hijacked…

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Analyzing Attacks at Sea: It's Not All Piracy

Pirate attacks against merchant ships off the African coast have been reported regularly…

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Teresa Peacock Joins Dryad Global as Non-executive Director

Maritime security risk management firm Dryad Global announced Tuesday it has appointed…

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Maritime Security: Neo-colonialism in the Gulf of Guinea

Is neo-colonialism in the Gulf of Guinea the answer to West Africa’s maritime crime…

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Bollinger Delivers USCGC Robert Goldman

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Robert Goldman to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla.

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JAXPORT Hires Collins as Security Director

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced Monday that retired United States…

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UK Police Questioning Stowaways Involved in Tanker Incident

British police were granted more time to question seven men arrested after hostile stowaways aboard

Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) steams towards Apra Harbor before arriving at its new homeport in Santa Rita, Guam, in September. The new Fast Response Cutter (FRC) is the first of three scheduled to be stationed on Guam and is replacing the 30-year old 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. (Photo: MacAdam Kane Weissman / U.S. Navy)

US to Base Coast Guard Cutters in Western Pacific in Response to China

The U.S. national security adviser said on Friday the U.S Coast Guard was basing…

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