Protecting Global Maritime Traffic

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 29, 2016

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The world economy depends on safe, protected, secure and sustainable maritime traffic. 

International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Chris Trelawny outlined how sustainable maritime development, underpinned by good maritime security can support improved economic development, during the Offshore Patrol Vessels Middle East conference in Bahrain (28 September). 
Trelawny noted that while piracy and armed robbery is one threat, greater strategic threats include: illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing; drug smuggling; terrorism against oil and gas installations; and transport systems; and above all, the failure to develop the maritime sector. 
All of these issues have similar solutions, namely, political will at the highest levels, adequate legal frameworks, maritime situational awareness, law enforcement capability ashore, interdiction capability at sea, adequate training and logistic support, and inter agency cooperation.  
IMO supports countries to develop capacity to address these issues, with welcome support from naval forces and coast guards.  
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