The UK’s national strategy for maritime security has been launched by Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. The strategy outlines, for the first time, the UK’s approach to delivering maritime security at home and internationally, setting out how the UK organises and uses its extensive national capabilities to identify, assess and address maritime security challenges.
Maritime security is a cross-government activity which brings together 16 government departments and agencies. At the forefront of these are the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Department for Transport.
The strategy outlines five priorities: promotion of a secure international maritime area where international maritime laws are upheld; helping other nations develop their own maritime security; protecting the UK and the Overseas Territories; assuring the security of vital maritime trade and energy transportation routes; and protecting the UK and the Overseas Territories from illegal and dangerous activity.
The strategy also introduces a robust government approach to maritime security decision-making and confirms the UK’s commitment to preserving the flow of maritime trade and upholding international maritime law.