MAST's Anthony Rix comments on the Offshore Patrol Vessel Security and Technology Conference

Anthony Rix, a MAST Director, took part in the Offshore Patrol Vessels Security and Technology conference in London this week. The conference attracted a wide range of participants from the UK, Europe and USA including representatives from the UK’s Border Force, Coastguards, Navies, Engineers and Consultants.
The presentations and discussions covered many aspects of OPV design and operational developments and in so doing touched on aspects of Maritime Security. The many threats to Maritime Security were highlighted such as maritime terrorism, piracy, the trafficking of narcotics, people and illicit goods, arms proliferation, illegal fishing, environmental issues and, possibly, territorial disputes. National and regional solutions to Maritime Security issues were shared and, consequently, illustrated the complexity of the potential solutions to problems.
Maritime Security is a relatively new term, introduced only in the last 10 to 15 years partly through the focus on measures to combat piracy in some areas. It now embraces a wide range of threats to activity at sea although definitions of Maritime Security differ among nations and organisations. Nevertheless, efforts to improve Maritime Security have become an inter-agency, international concern, often with significant contribution from the commercial sector.
MAST was pleased to be part of this well informed debate and will continue to support initiatives and discussions to improve Maritime Security.

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