A new documentary has tracked a Russian vessel apparently collecting data on energy and communications infrastructure in the North Sea and Baltic.
Most of the fighting has been on land, but key developments at sea have put Russia at a disadvantage.
Europe needs to coordinate surveillance of its underwater infrastructure to safeguard vital gas power and data supplies.
If the Nord Stream attacks were an act of sabotage, this shows how energy infrastructure can be strategically targeted as an act of ‘hybrid warfare’.
The trend globally is for countries to be explicit about their maritime interests, underpinned by a sound security strategy.
As the war drags on and its maritime dimension intensifies, Russia is more likely to be strategically defeated in the long term.
The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits gives Turkey control over the water route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
There are important strategic and political maritime dimensions to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Efforts to combat illegal fishing and fisheries crime must recognise the relationship between the sector and maritime security.
The maritime situation in Mozambique must not be allowed to emulate the maritime threats found off Nigeria, Somalia, and the rebel-held territories in Libya.
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Direct implications for maritime security are unlikely. But there will be ripple effects in the shipping industry and in many commercial sectors.
Sea piracy often grabs the headlines, but it is just one of many symptoms of insecurity at sea.
Besides the misalignment of its resources, design, equipment and its additional roles, the military has also been hobbled by misappropriation of funds.
In 2019, there were fewer attacks and attempted attacks on ships than there had been in 25 years. The coronavirus may bring economic and political changes that make piracy worse in the coming years.
Brexit could make it make the UK’s maritime security more complicated.
Navies, and other security agencies, won’t be able to improve maritime security as long as root causes on land are not addressed.
Kenya and Djibouti are building a more secure and sustainable domestic maritime sector.
Feeding a simple narrative of piracy without a broader look at other maritime security challenges hinders progress in dealing with it.
Despite its importance, Cameroon’s maritime fisheries sector is plagued with largely hidden, or ignored, fisheries crimes.