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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Kenya Trains Maritime Security Officials

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Focus on African Maritime Development

As part of its continuing efforts to help African countries improve the sustainability…

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BIMCO Calls for GoG counter piracy

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

USS Chung-Hoon Seizes Drugs in Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics…

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. Chung-Hoon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy/Relea

Chung-Hoon Seizes Drugs in Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics…

European Shipowners Welcomes extension of EUNAVFOR MED Operation

The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) welcomes the Council’s decision…

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Simulation Exercises on Port Security in Panama

Simulation exercises are proving to be a valuable tool to assist countries and port…

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IMO Training on Managing Security in Djibouti

International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is providing training to countries in…

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Princess Royal Addresses Maritime Safety Committee

Anne, Princess Royal, visited International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters…

Shuichi Iwanami, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard. Photo: JCG

Interview: Shuichi Iwanami, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard

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IMO Holds Counter Terrorism Training for S.Asian Countries

Legal experts and port and maritime security officers from Bangladesh, Maldives and…

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Gulf of Guinea Boosts Maritime Security

Maritime security depends on the capacity of national authorities to develop effective…

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