Drones carrying explosives have been registered as a threat on land. What about in the maritime domain?

Alexander Farrow from the security company MAST had the following to say:
“Drones have already been identified as a potential threat and have hit the news for being active over runways and crowded areas.  A drone loaded with explosives or radio active material is a far greater threat, and a nightmare situation which is troubling many security experts.”
“With the abundant availability and the low cost of drones, this could be a game changer for the way terrorist attacks are conducted.  But what are the consequences within, and for, the maritime domain?” 
Terrorists have yet to deploy one as a bomb, but the growth in the use of drones over the past decade has raised concerns about the harm such technology could cause in the wrong hands. Military and technology companies are racing to develop devices to detect, track and disrupt or destroy rogue civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
“Within the maritime domain, drones allow the maritime environment to become remotely accessible to people on land.  The scope and possibilities are vast.  Ranging from a drone packed with explosives detonating over a cruise ship, to a drone detonating on a multi-million Dollar super yacht.  Drones overcome much of the traditional physical security barriers currently in place.  Furthermore, unlike a RPG or other types of propelled explosives, at present, drones look seemingly innocent, and are often not deemed to be a threat.”
From a land perspective, one consortium of British companies believes that it has a solution for police forces and even armies, provided the user gets a licence to knock unmanned planes out of the sky — something that is otherwise illegal.  One  Anti-UAV Defence System, which looks like a beige camera stand holding several telescopes, can spot a drone up to five miles away using electronic radar. Once the drone is detected, it can be tracked on a computer screen before its flight is halted using a jamming device to block the radio signals that control it.
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“Many super yachts, merchant ships and cruise liners boast a variety of security measures, but few are likely to be able to detect, deter and repel a small, fast moving drone.  As the threat changes, security must shift its net to ensure that these new threats are met, and mitigated.  It is likely through,  for the most part, like Somali piracy, that the maritime industry will only consider mitigating this threat once a catastrophe has occurred.  There are cheaper less complex technologies available to alert people to the presence of drones, without the capability of knocking a UVA out of the sky.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed.  The maritime industry should aim to be a step ahead with this security threat, as the consequences could be devastating.”
Italic type is courtesy of The Times newspaper. Link to original source: The Times
 

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