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The EU’s Maritime Ambitions in the Indo-Pacific

On March 10, the EU published its new Maritime Security Strategy – an updated and enhanced version of its first maritime strategy from 2014.

Piracy & the Pandemic: Maritime Crime in Southeast Asia, 2020-22

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 there were concerns that maritime crime in Southeast Asia would surge due to an expected global economic slump. In this picture, vessels are seen..

Stemming the tide of piracy in Southeast Asia

The International Chamber of Commerce published a new report on piracy and armed robbery against ships early this year.

Thinking outside the box on Southeast Asian maritime security

The pandemic brought about an observable increase in transnational crimes – smuggling, piracy and trafficking.

Singapore’s navy tests a new layer of surveillance: unmanned vessels

Singapore is testing unmanned surface vessels with a locally developed, AI-driven navigation algorithm that could be used for maritime security operations in the congested but strategically important..

Australian military to continue patrolling South China Sea as China warns Taiwan independence ‘means war’

Australian military ships and aircraft will continue to patrol the South China Sea amid warnings from China that a declaration of independence by Taiwan would “mean war”. Australia ‘monitoring..

Continuing Rise in Robbery on Ships in Asia in 2020

ReCAAP ISC, the regional cooperation to combat incidents against shipping in Asia, issued its annual report highlighting concern over a significant increase in incidents in 2020.  The report details..

Eastern Sabah Security Zone curfew extended

TAWAU: The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), which ended on the 16th December IS now extended to Dec 31.

ESSCom forms task force against robbery at sea

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) have set up a taskforce team to eradicate robberies at sea which are taking place in the waters of the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

Covid-19 accelerates maritime insecurity in the Asia–Pacific

Asyura Salleh Covid-19 is showing the world how a health crisis can exert disproportionate pressure on existing social and political fissures. The Asia–Pacific maritime environment is no exception,..