Marine Link
Monday, June 21, 2021

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.

Tags: maritime security

© phonlamaiphoto

National MDA Executive Steering Committee Excellence Award Announced at Maritime Security East

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Supervisory Air Interdiction…

The U.S. Navy’s Mark VI class patrol boat is designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters around the globe. (Photo: Nelson Doromal Jr / U.S. Navy)

The Navy’s Big Fleet of Small Boats

The Navy is known for its big ships. It has a lot of smaller boats and craft, too—3…

Ocean Infinity's unmanned surface vessels - File image: Ocean Infinity

Ocean Infinity Acquires Ambrey

After it in recent months acquired MMT and Abyssal, marine robotics and offshore…

© Wojciech Wrzesień / Adobe Stock

Designated Risk Areas: Arbitrary Lines or Useful Tool for Illustrating Risk?

The art of drawing lines on maps is fraught with contention. Sir Mark Sykes and François…

© leo morgen / Adobe Stock

Saudi Arabia Says it Foiled Vessel Attack off Yanbu

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it had intercepted an explosive-laden boat off the Red…

Abdullah Aldubaikhi (Photo: Bahri)

Bahri CEO Says None of Its Vessels Attacked off Saudi Arabia

The chief executive of Saudi Arabia's Bahri said none of the firm's vessels have come under attack a

© Cnes2021, Distribution Airbus DS

Top Three Takeaway Lessons From the Suez Canal Blockage

For a week the world was gripped by the extraordinary sight of a massive container…

© Wojciech Wrzesień / Adobe Stock

As Defense Cuts Loom, Reimagining Maritime Security Could Help Reform Defense Spending

It is widely expected that cuts in defense and security budgets are coming as governments…

© Vladimir Knyaz / Adobe Stock

Iranian Containership Attacked in the Mediterranean

An Iranian container ship was damaged in an attack in the Mediterranean, the state…

(Photo: NATO)

NATO Tests Maritime Security Drone

NATO Maritime Air (MARAIR) Operations team carried out a communications test flight…

(Photo: Dryad Global)

Equality for Women Means Progress for All

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our…

(Photo: IMO)

IMO Urges Action to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

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

Related Articles

Offshore Oil

"Offshore" refers to the discovery and development of oil and gas resources which lie underwater. Usually the term refers to ocean-based oil extraction , though the term can also apply to drilling in lakes and inland seas. The remote locations…

Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction

Shipbuilding is the construction of ships, which takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, are workers which specialize in vessel construction and repair. The construction of boats is called boat building.


Sonar is a technique that uses sound to navigate, communicate with or detect other vessels, and to observe the distance and velocity of underwater objects. The acoustic frequencies used vary from extremely low (infrasonic) to very high (ultrasonic).

Maritime Standards

All nations require certain standards be met by ships and other marine structures which fly their flag. A classification society, or "Class", is a non-governmental regulatory association which regulates construction of vessels and offshore structures in the maritime industry.

Ship Simulators

A ship simulator is an advanced training device; an electronic or mechanical system used to expose vessel operators and crew members to typical shipboard conditions and systems. Simulation training is not a substitute for the experience of training on an actual vessel…
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the maritime industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email five times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News