Secure trade means secure maritime routes

The oceans are a vast, uncontrolled arena for illicit trade and transnational organized crime. Their activities include crimes that are inherently maritime in nature, such as illegal fishing / IUU fishing, as well as crimes that rely on the ocean for transportation, such as drugs and wildlife trafficking.  Organized criminal networks use legal supply chains to transport illicit goods across the world’s oceans, using both commercial transportation and ships used solely for the purpose of illicit trafficking.

aus Smuggling and Trafficking of Illicit Goods by Sea, Carina Bruwer

About a third of global ship movements have their destination or port of departure in the EU. The North and Baltic Seas are among the most frequently and densely traveled seas in the world. As one of the leading export nations, Germany has a special interest in efficient and environmentally friendly sea transport on safe shipping lanes.

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action provides funds for research and development of “real-time technologies for maritime security”.