The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GEO) released on December 3, 2010 it latest report on Ferry Security entitled “Maritime Security: Ferry Security Measures Have Been Implemented, but Evaluating Existing Studies Could Further Enhance Security”.
Ferries are a vital component of the U.S. transportation system and 2008 data show that U.S. ferries carried more than 82 million [...]
Cruise ships are the single largest passenger conveyances in the world, with one ship currently in service that can carry more than 8,500 passengers and crew. The Coast Guard considers cruise ships to be highly attractive targets to terrorists, and according to a 2008 RAND Corporation report, cruise ships can represent high-prestige symbolic targets for [...]
By Roger L. Tomberlin
Today, the international community fails to realize that sea piracy still has not been eliminated. Not only has piracy never been eradicated, but the number of pirate and terrorist attacks on ships has tripled in the past decade alone elevating piracy to its highest level in history. Contrary to the stereotype, intelligence [...]
Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) is pleased to announce the Maritime Security Challenges Conference 2010 from April, 26 to 29 , 2010 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This conference is a continuation of the highly successful Maritime Security Challenges Conference series.
Colorado based One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation recently released its workshop report on “Suppressing Maritime Piracy: Exploring the Options in International Law”. The report captures the discussions and recommendations of a distinguished group of international law and governance professors, legal experts, and judges who met in Washington D.C. for a workshop convened through the efforts [...]
The Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center recently released more information about Iran’s efforts to strengthen Shi’ite terrorist groups in Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Yemen (Houthi Shi’ite).
On October 26, 2009, Yemen announced that it seized an Iranian ship named Mahan-1loaded with mostly anti-tank weaponry destined for the Houthi Shi’ite terrorist group. The Mahan-1 had set sail [...]
On November 3, 2009, the Israeli Navy intercepted the 459 feet (140 meter) freighter Francop near Cyprus. According to Israeli officials, the Antiguan flag vessel as carrying hundreds of tons of arms sent by Iran destined for Syria and Hezbollah. Weapons found inside containers owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines Group (IRISL) [...]
The Atlantic Council and the U.S. Naval War College will jointly sponsor a conference on October 14 , 2009 on the challenges and opportunities for maritime security cooperation with a keynote address by the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead.
The conference will examine the drivers of maritime insecurity, assess ongoing coalition maritime operations, share [...]
To test Singapore’s readiness to deal with concurrent terrorist attacks, 15 agencies including the Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) came together in a homeland security exercise codenamed Northstar VII.
Organised by the SPF, this year’s exercise saw elements from the recently formed SAF Special Operations Task [...]
Governments worldwide are increasing their efforts to increase maritime protection and fight maritime piracy and maritime terrorism. Among those countries are the USA, South Korea and Singapore: