COLUMN | What could possibly go wrong? Local content in Nigeria, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Qatar [Offshore Accounts]

“They come over here, taking our jobs and stealing our women,” is a familiar refrain against foreigners all around the world, as likely to be uttered from Dublin to Durban, from Dusseldorf to Des Moines, and from Denpasar to Dubai (well, probably not the second part in the UAE, but we won’t dwell...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/offshore/column-what-could-possibly-go-wrong-local-content-in-nigeria-brazil-saudi-arabia-and-qatar-offshore-accounts/

OPINION | Between them, Australia, France and India can watch the Indian Ocean

The runway at Cocos Keeling Islands taken from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft, November 10, 2016

Australia, France, and India ought to be cooperating more closely in the surveillance of the Indian Ocean through their valuably located islands, enhancing the awareness of each of country without additional cost. They should first share information that they’re already collecting, then move as...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/opinion-between-them-australia-france-and-india-can-watch-the-indian-ocean/

OPINION | FONOPs send a message – but they don’t speak for themselves

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey conducts routine underway operations.in the South China Sea, November 3, 2023.

The Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) program run by the US Department of Defense has become a symbol of China-US naval competition and of the West’s advocacy for a rules-based order. Operational assertions are thrust into the limelight whenever China responds to one. And barely any US...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/opinion-fonops-send-a-message-but-they-dont-speak-for-themselves/

Three killed after missile hits fishing vessel in Baltic Sea off Russia

Three people were killed while four others suffered varying degrees of injury after a fishing vessel was accidentally struck by a missile fired from a Russian Navy ship in the Baltic Sea off Russia’s Kaliningrad region on Tuesday, March 19. The crew of the locally-owned trawler Kapitan Lobanov said...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/fishing-boat-world/trawling/three-killed-after-missile-hits-fishing-vessel-in-baltic-sea-off-russia/

OPINION | China’s grey-zone provocations: time to reciprocate

It’s time to send a signal to Beijing that a crisis is approaching. China’s use of grey zone tactics is intensifying. This worsening trend line has been evident for several years and seems headed towards an unintended violent incident, a crisis, and possibly armed conflict. Attempts need to be made...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/non-naval/opinion-chinas-grey-zone-provocations-time-to-reciprocate/

Ukraine to receive Swedish assault boats as military aid

Swedish news outlet SVT Nyheter reports that the Swedish government will hand over ten fast assault craft to Ukraine as part of a military aid package. The vessels to be handed over are all CB90-class fast interceptors originally built by Dockstavarvet for the Swedish Armed Forces. The military aid...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/ukraine-to-receive-swedish-assault-boats-as-military-aid/

European Council launches new maritime security initiative

The European Council has launched a new defensive maritime security operation with the objective of restoring and safeguarding freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. Launched on Monday, February 19, Operation ASPIDES will ensure an EU naval presence in the area where numerous...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/european-council-launches-new-maritime-security-initiative/

Spanish builder secures naval patrol boat orders

Spain’s Aresa Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build eight patrol craft in a series for an unnamed European naval operator. Each boat will have a length of 13 metres and two outboard engines that will deliver a top speed of over 45 knots. The first two units will be delivered to the customer...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/maritime-security-world/naval/spanish-builder-secures-naval-patrol-boat-orders/

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