Confronting terror on the seas

Despite the obvious impact on the international supply chains, certain countries still will not act decisively against the ocean terrorists, for fear of public opinion at home
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 11, 2012 - LM Editorial

While the links between piracy and terrorism have been questioned lately, the anniversary of 9/11 is an appropriate day to examine the ongoing issue.

It’s important to recognize that beyond the immediate threat to vessels and crews, the beneficial cargo owner is also victimized by acts of violence on the high seas.

A transit through the Gulf of Aden, for example, now requires expensive new insurance policies and?premiums. The option of moving freight around the Cape of Good Hope loses its attraction when one considers the added time and fuel costs.

Meanwhile, the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that the threat of terrorist attacks at U.S. ports or coastal waterways cancelled out about half the productivity gains in logistics over the past 10 years.

“Fears have even been voiced that the permanent terrorist threat is compromising the entire globalization process of the past 3 decades,” stated analysts for World Ocean Review.

Yet despite the obvious impact this would make on the international supply chains, certain countries still will not act decisively against the ocean terrorists, for fear of public opinion at home.

For those of us who lost family, friends, and colleagues on this day in 2001, this attitude is inexcusable.



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

So far, so good may be the best way to describe the current state of progress in the negotiating process regarding the announcement made last month by FedEx that it plans to acquire Netherlands-based TNT-NV and a provider of mail and courier services and the fourth largest global parcel operator for $4.8 billion.

A new study, “Understanding Risk Assessment Practices at Manufacturing Companies,” uncovers complex business risks and disruptors facing manufacturers, and a pressing need for the industry to evolve its risk assessment capabilities.

Led by perennial earnings champ Old Dominion Freight Line, the nation’s LTL carriers as a group are enjoying a particularly strong earnings season—especially when one considers the first quarter usually is the slowest period for trucking in general with harsh winter weather bearing down on earnings.

A mixed bag may be the most appropriate way to characterize the current state of manufacturing based on the most recent edition of the April edition of the Manufacturing Report on Business issued by the Institute for Supply Management today.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (FRA) issued its long-awaited Final Rulemaking for “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.”

Article Topics

Blogs · Global · Supply Chain · Logistics · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA