Maritime transportation

Maritime transport accounts for at least 80% of global trade and includes significant quantities of potentially destabilizing commodities such as weapons, narcotics ammunition and other hazardous materials. The monitoring and control as well as the protection of maritime actors is complicated by the trans-national nature of the global shipping industry, flags of convenience and the emergence of non-state actor threats such as piracy. At a time when naval forces are being reduced due to budget cuts imposed as a result of the financial crisis, CIT-MAP maritime transportation research on destabilizing commodity flows focuses on three key areas.


  • The study of collaborative information-sharing models, mechanisms and options available to EU member states and institutions on vessels and networks involved in destabilizing commodity flows such as small arms and light weapons (SALW)

  • The study of linkages between flags of convenience, safety, pollution, illegal fishing, piracy and vessels involved in destabilizing commodity flows

  • The mapping of global incidents and occurrences and relevant national and international legislation.