Security dynamics are changing rapidly in the Indo-Pacific. The region is home not only to the world’s fastest-growing economies, but also to the fastest-increasing military expenditures and naval capabilities, the fiercest competition over natural resources, and the most dangerous strategic hot spots. One might even say ..
In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future “global maritime fulcrum” (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the ..
New Caledonia is preparing to hold an independence referendum by the November 2018 deadline. The stakes are high, as the outcome could redefine France’s status in our region. All parties have a lot to do over a short time, in a volatile environment. The French territory, Australia’s closest neighbour to ..
Last month I wrote about the excellent safety record of multihull fast ferries, both Ro-Pax and passenger only. Statistically, they are the safest ferry type by far. Drawing on the same research, I have to regretfully record that, conversely, conventional monohull Ro-Pax ferries have a disproportionately bad safety record. ..
Graeme Dunk recently described challenges to Australia’s submarines in correctly classifying and discriminating between friendly and potential adversary submarines of similar design, such as the Kilo-class submarines operated by Russia, China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam. A key question, which I can’t answer, ..
This year’s spate of accidents involving major American warships in Asian waters, has, inevitably, sparked speculation on modern standards of watchkeeping, and the professionalism of the US Navy. Details of the incidents are as follows: January – cruiser Antietam grounded May – cruiser Lake Champlain collided ..
HamiltonJet recently signed a multi-year, multi-boat project to supply waterjets to the Taiwan Coast Guard for new coastal patrol vessels. To mark the new relationship a ..
Towage provider Kotug Seabulk Maritime (KSM) recently welcomed the 14.6-metre line handler Capt. Leroy (pictured) and the 15.2-metre catamaran KSM ..
The Andrews Labor Government has introduced legislation that will remove the ten remaining Gippsland Lakes fishing access licences.