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Maritime security: sink or swim
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Maritime security: sink or swim
How are the seas kept safe? How much does piracy cost ships and insurers? And are anti-terrorist operations at sea set to spread? In this edition, NATO Review sets out to see how what happens at sea affects lives on land. We ask military and business leaders about how important piracy really is and go on a live NATO operation to see up close what it does at sea.
NATO Review spends a day with Operation Active Endeavour to see how it keeps a close eye on the Mediterranean Sea - and how it's used.
Lord Levene, Chairman of Lloyd's of London, outlines how he sees the major threats to shipping and the impact of piracy on the ships carrying the world's trade.
How does a rear admiral who has been in the navy for over 30 years feel that the situation at sea is changing? Jorgen Berggrav answers questions about threats, how to deal with them and the changes needed to meet them.
Is it really the end of the naval era? Could there be more lawless areas of sea in the future? And how will climate change affect the maritime situation. Diego Ruiz Palmer looks into the issues.
There has not been a single incident of terrorist arrests in the Mediterranean since the beginning of counter-terrorist operations started there in 2001. Here, a member of the operation explains how the sea is kept safe.
Taking on a pirate's mothership is no easy task. In this video teaser, the planning and execution of the disruption of pirate operations, as well as the destruction of a pirate mothership, is played out.

It's easy, with the security challenges surrounding us, to forget that around 70 per cent of our planet is water. What happens on the 30 per cent of land (much of which is uninhabitable), dominates our attention.

But things could be changing.

The reason is that a new interconnected world is not just about hi tech communications. It's also about tangibles. And when it comes to moving real things around, there is really still only one choice - by water.

The oil in your car, the coffee in your cup and the computer you are reading this on are very likely to have spent time at sea. So a more communicated world is not just vulnerable to computer viruses or Internet supply - it's also vulnerable at sea.

Until recently, focus had been on depriving terrorists easy use of the sea. But now the centuries old threat of piracy is back.

In this edition, we look at how protecting the sea has evolved, what it has meant to business and where the future challenges will come from.

Paul King