Maritime Crime During the Pandemic: Unmasking Trends in the Caribbean

CIMSEC – Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the Caribbean’s maritime domain has garnered widespread attention on three fronts: cruise ships stuck at sea, both with Covid-19 patients onboard and crew unable to be disembarked; a major increase in U.S. naval presence focused on countering narcotics trafficking, particularly via semi-submersible vessels; and shipments of sanctioned fuel and goods from Iran to Venezuela.

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Fight Illegal Fishing for Great Power Advantage

CIMSEC – Illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing costs Asia billions of dollars a year and constitutes a third of the entire regional catch. It has strong links with sea slavery and unregulated migration – the Thai fishing fleet employs 50,000 foreigners annually, often criminally underpaid and held in poor conditions – along with other criminal enterprises, such as underage prostitution. Moreover, it leads to dramatic overfishing, damaging local economies and causing serious environmental damage. All countries in the region acknowledge it is a major issue with cross-cutting impacts, yet generally lack the capabilities to manage it.

Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal’s Grey Area

CIMSEC – The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), more than any other implement of international law, has underpinned the orderly delimitation and governance of the world’s oceans. Despite its status as an unparalleled accomplishment of diplomacy and international law, the treaty is not exhaustive or without ambiguities. One outstanding issue in delimitation arbitration is the relationship between the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf – specifically whether one state’s EEZ rights can overlap with another state’s continental shelf rights. What deserves greater attention is how recent court maritime boundary delimitations derided by some observers as legislation from the bench in fact follow the black letter of the law more closely than state practice or previous court decisions.

Unauthorized Flags: A Threat to The Global Maritime Regime

CIMSEC – The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) specifies that all ships “have the nationality of the State whose flag they are entitled to fly.” Consequently, flag states exercise jurisdiction over their flagged vessels. A recent and quickly growing phenomenon, however, has put this basic tenet of the law of the sea in question: unauthorized flag use.

African navy orders two Israeli offshore patrol vessels

Defence Web – An unidentified African country has ordered two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from Israel Shipyards.

(Thanks to Alain)

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The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea

BBC – For 10 years, a rogue fishing vessel and its crew plundered the world’s oceans, escaping repeated attempts of capture. Then a dramatic pursuit across the high seas finally netted the one that got away.

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The International Commanders Respond

USNI Proceedings – This year, Proceedings asked the commanders of the world’s navies, “What is your Navy and/or Coast Guard doing to monitor and enforce international maritime law and a rules-based order?” Their answers reaffirm how important navies and coast guards are to ensuring free and fair global trade and environmental protection.

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Human Intelligence: The Missing Piece to Comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness

CIMSEC – To effectively govern the maritime space, states need an accurate picture of what is happening and where in order to establish normal “patterns of life” at sea. With this picture, states can identify suspicious activity and task assets to respond. This ability to collect, analyze, share, and respond to information in the maritime realm is often called maritime domain awareness (MDA).

Rising to Lead: Female Commanding Officers in Latin America’s Navies

CIMSEC – A historical milestone was reached in Uruguay as Capitan Valeria Sorrenti became the first female commander of an Uruguayan Navy vessel. With that said, it is important to keep in mind that she is only the latest example of a growing trend. In recent years there were a number of positive “firsts” when it comes to female naval officers taking command of ships among various Latin American navies, a trend that will hopefully continue.

Positive First Results For Europe’s Operation Agénor

Naval News – The initial assessment for Operation Agénor one month after reaching FOC is quite positive: 1,152 hours of maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz have been monitored.

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EU Launches Operation IRINI To Enforce Libya Arms Embargo

Naval News – The European Union is stepping up its efforts to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya, thereby contributing to the peace process in the country, through the launch of a new CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) military operation in the Mediterranean.

Colombia’s narco-submarines – a photo essay

Guardian – For years, they were referred to in hushed tones simply as “Big Foot” – a mythical creature rumored but never seen – but these days, the narco-submarines used by Colombia’s drug cartels have become almost commonplace.

Explosive Boat Threat To Tankers Off Yemen

Naval News – 2020 continues to see explosive boats being launched against tanker traffic in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea area. They also pose a threat to warships, particularly of the Saudi-led coalition. This represents a persistent threat to International SLOCs (Sea Lines of Communication) in the Southern Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb strait, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea. The threat can exist over 100 nautical miles off the coast.

N95 Mask Shortage Is A Horrific Manifestation Of America’s Crazy “Defense” Priorities

War Zone – A lack of investment has left America’s N95 stockpile hollowed out. Meanwhile, the U.S. will spend $738 billion on weapons and war-fighting this year.