Maritime Security: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

- invaluable unique guidance for the professionals who protect our shipping and ports and the academic student of Homeland/Maritime Security. McNicholas is clear and to the point!


The commercial maritime sector has emerged as a highly vulnerable and probable target for a major terrorist attack, while also facing the impact of mass migration in Europe and threats posed by Transnational Criminal Organizations. The solution to these threats lie not in trying to address it at the final links in the cargo supply chain, but in implementing effective and comprehensive security measures and procedures at key initial links in the cargo supply chain the first primary "choke point" – load seaports and their ships.

This book provides practical, experience-based, and proven knowledge - and a "how-to-guide" - on maritime security. McNicholas explains in clear language how commercial seaports and vessels function; what the multiple existing threats and challenges; and what security policies, procedures, systems, and measures are effective in mitigating these threats. Whether the problem is weapons of mass destruction, piracy, contraband smuggling, stowaways, or cargo theft, Maritime Security provides invaluable unique guidance for the professionals who protect our shipping and ports.

  • An excellent introduction to the myriad of challenges and issues facing this critical transportation channel
  • Three all-new chapters, and updated throughout to reflect changes in maritime security
  • Increased coverage of migration issues and transnational crime
  • New contributors bring regulatory and legal and cybersecurity issues to the fore
  • Holds the keys to successfully designing, implementing, and managing effective port and vessel security programs in a high-risk environment
  • Provides real-world experience in Maritime Security from the Managing Director of Phoenix Group in Panama and Costa Rica
  • Offers specifics of a model port security program and case studies of effective tactics in a high-threat environment


Professionals and Academics in the fields of:

  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Naval and Coast Guard forces
  • Port Security Managers and Supervisors
  • Ship Management and Crewing companies
  • Security Companies (port and ship security contractors)
  • Transportation Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Supply Chain Management, Business Management
  • Merchant Marine Academies
  • Trade Schools
  • Professional Associations (Association of Industrial Security [ASIS], International Cargo Security Council, BIMCO, AAPA, etc.)
  • State and Federal Government Agencies

Secondary Audience:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in security, maritime, or supply chain courses

Currently used at the following schools:

  • US Coast Guard Academy
  • US Merchant Marine Academy
  • US Navy War College
  • State University of New York
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tulane University
  • Turkish Naval War College

"Recommend by the International Maritime Organization for use in preparation of ISPS Code Ship Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer training courses."

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