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.