On 30 March, a report from Stable Seas, with the assistance of UNODC, examines the potential maritime radiological and nuclear trafficking risks posed by the multitude of small, traditional, and unregistered vessels plying the world’s oceans. The report specifically examines 4 geographic areas (Brazil, West Africa, the Red Sea, and Indonesia) to assess the risk these types of vessels pose for radiological and nuclear trafficking.  It also proposes areas of potential policy prioritization that would increase maritime domain awareness around these kinds of vessels and mitigate the risk of their trafficking activity.  One of its points is that, siince the vessels bypass screening and security measures at large formal ports, increased security measures at the sites utilised by such vessels would be beneficial.  Screening at every ferry landing, local commercial port, fish landing site is logistically and financially unfeasible, but even more general security presence at the multitude of such sites could help deter their utilisation for trafficking.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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