• RUSI-Qatar to stage regional maritime security conference in Middle East

    U.K.-based research organization opens Qatar branch; first activity: Regional maritime security in March 2008, to be held in Doha; countries in region expect to spend $17 billion over next decade on ships and maritime equipment

  • DHS moves forward on data exchange project; business groups object

    DHS wants to create Global Trade Exchange (GTX) — a data warehouse which would collect large volumes of commercial-transaction data from all parties involved in the production and movement of international shipments; trade groups say sharing confidential business data with foreign governments in the exchange would be a problem not only in terms of protecting U.S. competitiveness but also for national security reasons

  • Somali pirates demand $1 million ransom for Japanese tanker

    One way to make money in Somalia — perhaps the only way — is old-fashion piracy; in the latest episode, pirates demand $1 million for a Japanese tanker, threatening to kill the crew unless their demands are met

  • Philippine government buys hovercrafts for coastal security

    As law enforcement authorities look for versatile machines to help them deal with changing threat environment, hovercraft manufacturers may be rewarded

  • Slow start for TWIC

    More than one million workers with escorted access to 361 U.S. ports could register for the security clearance — more than four years after the program was to have started

  • Maritime Security: Better tracking of small craft needed

    The Coast Guard use the Port of Miami to test the Visualization Tools for Situational Awareness and Emergency Response program; the Viz Tools program enhanced security at the port, but those in charge say there is still a gap in port security, and to plug it there is a need to know more about about registered small craft in the Miami area; more than 170,000 of these small boats and craft are registered

  • HAI's systems offering protection from underwater threats

    Critical facilities on or near water may be attacked not only from the air and land, but also stealthily from an enemy approaching underwater; HAI offers products to defend against such attacks; its underwater ROVs may also be used for search and rescue, exploration, and research

  • IMO ship identification numbering scheme celebrates twentieth birthday

    They did not wait for 9/11: Twenty years ago the IMO created a unique ship identification number scheme; since then, more than 45,000 vessels have been numbered and recorded

  • DHS's ambitious nuclear radiation detection plan has its critics

    DHS envisions a protective radiation system which will ring the United States with radiation monitors at ports, along isolated sea coasts, traveling the oceans, roaming highways in police cars, and even located at checkpoints and toll booths on routes into major cities — all connected to a central national command center and staffed around the clock; critics have their questions

  • Inmarsat launches FleetBroadband

    U.K. satellite company launches first fully IP-based broadband service for ships; service supports simultaneous voice and broadband IP data connectivity at up to 432 kbps

  • TWIC's enrollment continues apace

    DHS announces that ten more ports will enroll their employees in TWIC; since mid-October, enrollment has been taking place in twelve ports

  • Organizational security: Alion takes stock and offer remedies

    Organizations which take their security seriously want to evaluate continuously their security situation and security policies; often they also must see that they are in compliance with government security mandates; serious organizations should take a look at Alion’s CounterMeasures

  • New Australian visa requirements for foreign maritime crew

    Australia tightens maritime security: All nonmilitary foreign ship crew members — some 130,000 of them every year — now require a visa to enter Australia; nonmilitary ships include commercial vessels such as cargo vessels, cruise ships, and fishing vessels, and public or government scientific vessels

  • Cubic launches Maritime Security Program

    Program aims to assist federal regulators and the international port and shipping community to achieve compliance with new seaport security laws

  • Parker Hannifin buys Scan Subsea, KV Automation

    Parker, eager to strengthen its offshore presence on floating platforms in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, acquires Norwegian manufacturer of power and production umbilical cables for subsea installations