Strong concerns have been raised by many countries over the need to bolster maritime security and to address infractions at sea. Recently the Global Ocean Commission, a high-level advocacy group, has called for increased security measures, including compulsory identification numbers for all categories of vessels and an improved level of satellite monitoring on the high seas.

Dr Richard Caddell, of Swansea University's Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, discussed these proposals with the BBC, concluding that while such a move would be broadly positive there are nonetheless strong concerns over the ability of many coastal states to effectively implement these measures and enforce the law against delinquent vessels. The story in full, as reported by BBC Online, can be accessed through the link below: 

Dr Caddell is a Senior Lecturer and a member of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade law, a University recognised research centre. For more information regarding the Institute and its activities see: