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Maritime security deals with threats to a
vessel and harbor resources such as
ports and terminals. Security is a very
hot area of the industry, and utilizes
skills from entry level to high trained
Ship security and maritime security is one of the hottest areas of the marine industry.
Some security positions require law enforcement experience. Maritime security jobs deal
with protecting national security, counter terrorism, piracy, biological threats and more.
Security jobs arise in the federal government with the Department of Homeland Security,
FBI, National Security Administration, as well as law enforcement agencies. Some
openings include security specialist .
Maritime security covers many areas of the industry, especially large ocean vessels, and
can be considered a multi-disciplinary field, involving intelligence, counter terrorism
measures, surveillance imagery analysis and old-fashioned detective and sleuth work.
The animation above drives a good point
home... empty 5.56 mm cartridges from an
M-16 can be very hot. But it also points out
something else (other than the obvious
advantages of bottom ejecting automatic
weapons). The important point is that in the
maritime security realm of anti-piracy
measures, bringing potent small arms
aboard civilian vessels can stir debate. On
one hand, there are experts that say that
introducing small arms to an untrained group
of civilian mariners could invite problems. On
the other hand, there are experts who argue
that small arms are the only effective means
of repelling a pirate attack, not fire hoses and
evasive maneuvering against an agile,
high-speed vessel. They argue that the ship's
crew doesn't need to be the ones with their
fingers on the triggers. Instead, small armed
security details could be retained by shipping
companies when their vessels transit
dangerous areas known for pirate activities.
By the way, the weapon of choice for pirates
favors larger bores than the 5.56 mm round.
They generally brandish Kalishnikov AK-47s
that use the 7.62 mm round, pictured below.
They say that the world will never be the same again after the
September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center.
From 9/11on, we've seen anti-terrorism task forces, terrorist
threat levels, Federal Bureau of Investigation studies of
biological threats, heightened Homeland Security recognition
of threats to ports and terminals from Weapons of Mass
Destruction, or WMD. The post 9/11 world has led to
enhanced security measures in almost every sector of the
maritime industry, from employee identification measures from
the Transportation Security Administration, anti-piracy
measures and cargo inspection protocols.
Cargo terminals are one of the most
important links in the transport chain.
They are also one of the most
vulnerable areas, in terms of terrorist
attack or introduction of weapons of
mass destruction or biological
agents. Shipping companies make
big investments, from surveillance
equipment, to container x-raying
equipment, to security guards and
supervisors to ensure the protection
of these sensitive commerce hubs.
Another position we see more and
more of is the cruise ship security
officer, whose prominence has
grown with recent world events.