In these increasingly unsettled times, the maritime security sector comes closer to front of mind than usual. There are so many threats of so many different kinds in so many places that it seems the sector is heading for a major boom. It reminds me of the couple of fraught years that resulted from the 9/11 terrorist attacks of twenty years ago. Our world is very nervous and rightfully so.
As a result, we at Baird Maritime are seeing an increasing flow of new maritime security vessels and their equipment. Virtually all maritime nations are designing, building or importing new boats and ships that are often very innovative. All this, too, is set against a background of economic turmoil, thanks to Covid, and widespread demands for cleaner, greener equipment.
Those demands present an interesting dichotomy that we will try to cover this week. Technically, all those demands can be met but it is all a matter of time and price.
Assault Craft • Interceptors • Patrol • Police • Coast Guard • Naval
We present a range of craft at the smaller end of the sector from 13 to 67 metres in overall length. Two are of aluminium construction and one is a large ocean surveillance ship operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. One is a catamaran and one is a hybrid, and another boats a unique SWATH design. As always, their spread is global.
They present, as is usual with our Maritime Security Weeks, a number of interesting and innovative solutions to the problems facing owners, operators and purchasers of maritime security craft globally. I’m sure that our readers will gain many ideas from them.
- Reef Resilience – High-speed patrol catamaran built for the Great Barrier Reef
- Teist – Hybrid patrol and escort boat for Port of Oslo
- Aki – JMSDF SWATH ship to perform long-range monitoring of submarines
News, Gear, and Book Reviews:
- Construction to start on new landing craft for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- French defence ministry invites bids for future Gendarmerie patrol boats
- Three fishermen rescued from burning boat off Costa Rica
- BOOK REVIEW | From Across the Sea: North Americans in Nelson’s Navy
- Romanian yard floats out future Norwegian Coast Guard multi-role vessel
- Pakistan Navy’s first MILGEM corvette launched in Turkey
- GEAR | US manufacturer delivers diesel engines for littoral combat ship Cleveland
- Irish defence mulling purchase of ex-Royal New Zealand Navy patrol ships
- Oil company donates 50 boats to Nigerian Navy
- Finnish Border Guard, local builder ink LOI for new patrol vessels
- Indian builder lays keels of three new border patrol vessels
- Spanish defence firm develops new USV series
- South Korean Navy commissions first KSS-3 submarine
- US Coast Guard deploys vessels, other assets to assist in Haiti earthquake relief effort
- Norwegian Environment Agency takes delivery of 12m patrol boat
- Boat crews respond to helicopter crash in Russia’s Kurile Lake
- Australia’s Hobart-class destroyers achieve operational capability
- US Coast Guard concludes public hearing into loss of liftboat Seacor Power
- Finnish Defence Forces orders four service boats from local builder
- BOOK REVIEW | Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse on Board Ship: Guidelines for Owners and Masters on Preparation, Prevention, Protection and Response – Sixth Edition, 2021
- Wood chip carrier splits in two following grounding off north-eastern Japan; all on board rescued
- Spanish shipyard shortlisted for Polish Navy frigate program
- US Coast Guard orders four more fast response cutters
Recent Important Features:
– “The level of maritime domain awareness that could be achieved through a collaborative network of partner nations would make any Chinese naval presence highly vulnerable in a conflict.”
– by David Brewster and Samuel Bashfield of the Australian National University
– “Hanoi remains hugely concerned over continuing Chinese moves to disrupt its fishing and mineral prospecting activity, the fortification of islets in the SCS, and the expansion of Hainan-based submarine activity.”
– by Trevor Hollingsbee, Baird Maritime‘s maritime security expert and columnist
Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!
Call for content!
Any news or views about the global maritime security sectors? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and August 20), so we can add it to this current edition of Maritime Security Week!
We are after:
- Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
- Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the maritime security vessel sector
- Interviews – Owners, operators, water police, navies, coast guards etc.
- Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the maritime security world? (example here)
- Other – Any other relevant news
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