Transnational Organised Crime at Sea – Evidence Base

What do we know about transnational organised crime at sea? How do such blue crimes manifest, how do they intersect and are related to crime on land? What kind of data on blue crime is collected? These are the core questions that the Blue Crime Evidence Base project is addressing. Funded through a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council by the UK the goal is to collate and synthesize our knowledge on blue crimes to guide policy but also identify gaps.

Video – Blue Crimes: Rethinking the Maritime Security Agenda
Christian Bueger (SafeSeas/Uni of Copenhagen) Timothy Edmunds (SafeSeas/Uni of Bristol), Jason Eligh (Global Initiative), Maria Damanaki (ex-EU Marine Commissioner), Cathy Haenlein (RUSI) & Alan Cole (UNODC GMCP) featured in our latest event. The event discussed the blue crime concept, drawing upon a paper written by Tim and Christian. Read the paper related to the event here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104067 ...
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Event – ‘Blue Crimes: Rethinking the maritime security agenda’
10th September, 14.00-15.30 BST Presenter & Panellist Timothy Edmunds (SafeSeas/Uni of Bristol) Panellists Jason Eligh (Global Initiative)
Maria Damanaki (ex-EU Marine Commissioner)
Cathy Haenlein (RUSI)
Alan Cole (UNODC GMCP) Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6QrSxlSeSKeFF-GueWlxbA Piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing are three blue crimes increasingly high on the international agenda. Such crimes have different expressions across the world’s maritime regions and affect human lives, political stability and economic interests in different ways, ranging from their impact on coastal communities to international shipping and even national security ...
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Mauritius oil spill: Was the government unprepared?
The devastating oil spill that wreaked havoc on Mauritius’ coastline raises the question of whether the response by the government was appropriate. Was the country unprepared for a disaster of this scale? Were officials over-confident or misjudged the risk? Evidence indicates that Mauritius was very well prepared; the event did not come as a surprise. Importantly, the country dealt with similar incidents very successfully before. Yet, a public inquiry will have to address a number of questions. The disaster response ...
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Beirut explosion: the disaster was exceptional but events leading up to it were not
By Scott Edwards and Christian Bueger At the time of writing at least 100 people have lost their lives and a further 4,000 have been wounded following an explosion in the Port of Beirut. While the actual cause remains uncertain, the tragedy calls to attention the tremendous consequences of a lack of port security. The explosion, on August 4, at around 6pm local time, appears to have been fuelled by 2,750 tons of the highly reactive chemical ammonium nitrate. The ...
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TOCAS Q&A with Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research
In mid-June, the TOCAS team, Professor Christian Bueger, Dr Scott Edwards, and Professor Tim Edmunds, sat down for a Q&A discussion to share their work on transnational organised crime at sea with the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS). PaCCS was created in order to respond to the challenge of addressing threats to security through a research community, and presently focuses on the core areas of conflict, cybersecurity, and transnational organised crime. TOCAS has received funding through the ...
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