Seacurity: Improving the Security of the Global Sea-Container Shipping System

Seacurity: Improving the Security of the Global Sea-Container Shipping System

Seacurity: Improving the Security of the Global Sea-Container Shipping System

Seacurity: Improving the Security of the Global Sea-Container Shipping System

Synopsis

This document aims to raise awareness about the status of maritime security and its vulnerability to terrorism. The main obstacles in achieving a less vulnerable maritime system are identified. The report discusses the issues and possible solutions that such obstacles raise.

Excerpt

In May 2002, at a workshop organised by the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, rand Europe gave a presentation on the reliability of technical systems. the safety and security of the maritime system, with a focus on container security, was touched upon in this presentation. It triggered awareness with respect to the vulnerability of the global container shipping system. Based on this awareness, rand Europe has co–operated with the jrc to take the matter to the next level and increase awareness throughout the container supply chain, as well as within the European legislative bodies. This effort resulted in organising SeaCurity , a stakeholder consultation – held 28–30 October 2002 – regarding the security of container commerce.

During this three–day event in Ispra (It), presentations were given in two categories: threats and solutions. in the first category – Threats – Jack Riley and Peter Chalk (RAND) presented papers respectively on “Securing Ocean Commerce: a us Perspective” and “Threats to the Maritime Environment: Piracy and Terrorism”. in the second category – Solutions – Jose Perdigao (EU–JRC) presented a paper on the Contraffic system, while Adnan Rahman (RAND Europe) gave the tri mex presentation. the remainder of the consultation consisted of group discussions fed by the presentations.

The presentations from the workshop can be found on the rand Europe website at www.rand.org/randeurope/fields/transportproj.html

This report follows the broad outline of the consultation. Beginning with issues that were raised regarding threats to maritime and – more specifically – to container commerce, the workshop then discussed the issues and possible solutions that these raised. the report concludes with a number of recommendations and references.

The purpose of the workshop and this document is to raise awareness concerning the current status of maritime security and its vulnerability to terrorism. the main obstacles in achieving a less vulnerable maritime system are identified mainly through the interaction of the workshop's participants.

The report should be of interest to government officials and policy–makers dealing with the maritime system, international trade or anti–terrorism issues, as well as private companies that have an interest in the (international) maritime system.

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