As many readers are no doubt aware, over 90 percent of the world's trade travels by sea in more than 50,000 merchant ships registered in over 150 nations. Most of these ships travel within their own domes of awareness, sharing little information with each other or regional maritime security forces. Recent piracy off the Horn of Africa has shown that we need new approaches to public-private partnerships for maritime security. One could be to leverage commercial assets by collecting, refining, and sharing their individual awareness to achieve an enhanced collective regional security.
Now Hear This: Maritime Security Consortiums
By Captain Gordan Evans Van Hook, U.S. Navy (Retired)