FEATURE | UK-US naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea

Mid-January saw the latest manifestation of the Washington-driven policy of internationalising the dispute over the sovereignty of the South China Sea (SCS), much of which is claimed by the People’s Republic of China, when the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer McCampbell, and the Type 23 frigate Argyll of the UK Royal Navy (RN) carried out joint exercises there.

FEATURE | Improving maritime security in the Asia–Pacific

Over recent years, the Asia–Pacific maritime security environment has become increasingly complex. Transnational serious and organised crime in the maritime domain (including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; piracy; and trafficking of weapons, drugs and people), terrorism and an increasingly assertive Chinese maritime strategy are generating further complexity.

FEATURE: Australia and Timor Leste: the 2018 Timor Sea Treaty

The 2018 Timor Sea Treaty signed in New York between Australia and Timor Leste on March 6, 2018 is a landmark agreement between the two countries and provides a pathway for the final settlement of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) maritime boundaries between the countries.

FEATURE: German Navy in the doldrums

The past year has seen the US Navy roundly castigated in the international media over alleged shortfalls in its training and operational standards, following a series of high profile collisions, and other mishaps.

FEATURE: Italian cruise/ferry market developments

After the European summer season, which has seen the introduction of several ferries on the Italian market, such as Pascal Lota for Corsica Sardinia Ferries and Moby Dada and Moby Niki for Moby Lines; some refurbishment work (such as for the twins Sharden and Nuraghes for Tirrenia); and an increase of passenger traffic, the autumn/winter season promises a series of developments: new ships, new routes, new charters and restyling to make ships more eco-friendly.

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FEATURE: Tri-border maritime cooperation foundering

The tri-border area (TBA) between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia in the Sulu and Celebes seas has witnessed a spate of increasingly audacious hijackings since March 2016. By the end of June 2017, 23 actual or attempted incidents had occurred, with 59 crew members abducted. Of these mariners, 30 have since been released, nine rescued and two killed. As of this writing, 18 remain in captivity.

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