Maritime Energy Security
NATO SPS sponsored Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (CEIP) Advanced Research Workshop (NATO ARW) in 2012 in Ankara, Turkey
Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) Book, IOS Press, 2012
11 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2013 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013
Date Written: November 1, 2012
Energy is essential to a nation’s security, economic stability, and global trade, yet is particularly vulnerable to attacks and disruption in the maritime environment. Ensuring the safe and timely passage of energy represents a challenging, yet unifying thread for enhanced partnering as well as regional and international security action.
Maritime energy security is a vital component of energy security and requires effectively confronting illicit activity and disruptions across a vast operating space. More than two-thirds of the world’s surface is covered by salt-water and approximately 80 percent of global trade moves on water.
This paper discusses existing international frameworks to protect the maritime transport of energy and provides specific recommendations to better enable the expeditious and safe flow of energy on the water.
Keywords: Maritime Energy Security, Oil, Fuel, Chokepoints, Tanker, Piracy, Interagency, Coordination, Refineries, SLOCs, Navigational Freedom, Commerce, Law of the Sea Convention, SUA, Maritime Domain Awareness, Navy
JEL Classification: H50
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