Piraterie und maritimer Terrorismus als Herausforderungen für die Seehandelssicherheit Deutschlands
"Acts of piracy and armed robberies pose a serious threat to the lives of seafarers, the security of the shipping industry and the safety and security of coastal states. I call on all the stakeholders to engage actively in fighting this phenomenon and seek lasting solutions to this scourge that is affecting the whole international community."
Our focus is not only on the worldwide increase in pirate attacks; the risk of terror attacks against facilities of the maritime economy will also be studied and analysed.
The German economy is particularly affected by these risks, as Germany imports and exports most of its goods over sea routes. Furthermore German shipowners operate the world’s largest container fleet, and suffer the highest number of attacks by pirates.
In this context, the goal of the project network PiraT is to develop a comprehensive concept for maritime security in which political risk analyses and technological security solutions are linked with legal and economic approaches. The overall goal is to develop inter-agency governmental options for action that will enable the implementation of non-military measures to strengthen maritime trade security.
The project network PiraT wants to provide a forum in which representatives of politics, business and academia can exchange views and share knowledge on maritime trade security. Perceptions of threat as well as the needs and expectations of a wide range of actors affected will be discussed and compared to enable a joint, coordinated and coherent procedure.
The Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) granted just under one million Euros for the project cooperation group within the framework of the German government research program “Securing the Commodity Chain” aimed at creating civil security awareness (http://www.bmbf.de/en/6293.php). The project will run for 33 months, and should end in December 2012. It is prolonged until March 2013.
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