International Maritime Trade Law
While Somali incidents have dropped 95 percent to seven cases in 2013, piracy in Southeast Asia is exploding. As you may have heard, eight hundred thousand gallons of diesel was recently pilfered from a large oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca. The area is clearly the world’s new piracy hotspot. Attacks and attempts in the waters of Indonesia, which controls much of the Malacca Strait, totaled 107 last year, meaning a 700 percent increase in just five years.
To help generate awareness of maritime trade and the law of the sea, Norwich University has created an infographic shown below that addresses the freedom of the seas, security and piracy. As the occurrence of incidents increases by 25% every year, the awareness and understanding of piracy is crucial for it’s recession.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is especially dedicated to combating pirates, addressing safety issues and helping reduce the surge of piracy around the coast of Somalia and surrounding countries. Since maritime piracy had doubled in the year 2008, over forty countries have begun to patrol the Gulf of Aden to help protect sailors and goods. In addition to combating pirate activities, the group was successful in establishing countermeasures to the trade of drugs and narcotics overseas.
Three separate conventions, which had occurred between 1961 and 1988, had resulted in much stricter protective policies to be enacted on maritime trade, especially around problem areas. The control measures that were provided by these treaties immediately resulted in the decrease of narcotics and legal drugs being traded on the black market, but the organization’s goals are far from over.
To learn more about international maritime trade laws, checkout the infographic below created by Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy online program.
© 2014 Norwich University – See more at: http://diplomacy.norwich.edu/maritime-law-infographic/#sthash.D6pxMjFT.dpufThis infographic from Norwich University was shared with this blog by Ryan Ayers..