1st Edition

Maritime Crime and Policing

Edited By Yarin Eski, Martin Wright Copyright 2023
    318 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a unique and scholarly perspective on a little-studied subject: maritime crime and policing. The seas and oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and 90 percent of world trade by volume travels by sea. Furthermore, the refugee crisis has produced an inflow of people attempting to find a better life, particularly in Northwest Europe and the UK, which has had an impact on the maritime domains of European ports. While there has been attention paid to the role of maritime policing by scholars in maritime security studies, little attention has been paid by criminologists and policing studies scholars. This book aims to fill this gap.

    Bringing together a range of international scholars, this book covers a variety of topics pertinent to maritime crime and its policing, such as fraud, piracy and armed robbery at sea, illegal and unregulated fishing, smuggling, people trafficking, illegal immigration, illegal dumping and pollution, arms trafficking, terrorism, and cargo theft. It brings together new perspectives on several key criminological themes such as transnational organised crime, criminalisation, and securitisation and provides a bold new direction for the landlocked discipline of criminology and policing studies.

    An accessible and compelling read, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of criminology, policing, sociology, politics, migration studies, and all those interested in the policing of the sea.

    Introduction: Bringing together Maritime Crime & Policing Scholars and Professionals

    Yarin Eski and Martin Wright

    1. Seas of thieves. Who are the pirates and what drive them?
    2. Lydelle Joubert

    3. Through the Sea, via the Port and into the City: illicit trafficking on the waterfront
    4. Anna Sergi

    5. Illegal maritime migration on the Western-Mediterranean route, a great challenge for Europe
    6. Marta Fernández Sebastián

    7. The Transnational Nature of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing: Examining Global Strategies, Punishment and Solutions
    8. Osatohanmwen Anastasia Eruaga and Irekpitan Okukpon

    9. Maritime Crime in the Western Indian Ocean: Interlinkages and Dynamics
    10. Katja Lindskov Jacobsen and Linnea Kjølstad Larsen

    11. Hybrid Policing of Maritime Irregular Threats? Combatting terrorism, piracy, and transnational crimes at the littoral sea
    12. Arabinda Acharya

    13. From Excessive to Illegal Land Reclamation: A Case Study in China
    14. Edward Sing Yue Chan

    15. An overview of INTERPOL´s involvement in tackling Maritime Piracy: history, developments, and legal issues
    16. Giulio Calcara and Mika Launiala

    17. The Incorporation of Private Security Actors to Protect Dutch Merchant Vessels: A Bourdieuian Reflection
    18. Koko Christiaanse and Yarin Eski

    19. Security Community-Building in the Mediterranean Sea: The European Union’s Strategy in Combating Irregular Migration
    20. Shazwanis Shukri

    21. Security networks in ports: what’s in a name?
    22. Eva Dinchel and Marleen Easton

    23. Public-private cooperation in the approach to drug crime in the port of Rotterdam.
    24. The case of the Information Sharing Center Port Safety and Security

      Lieselot Bisschop, Richard Staring, Robby Roks and Gwynneth Goudsblom

    25. Governing ‘undermining’ vs. policing drug-related organized crime in the Port of Amsterdam and North Sea Canal area. An Empirical Study of Port Policing an Ambiguous Concept
    26. Yarin Eski, Mauro Boelens and Danique de Rijk

    27. Securing Norwegian Maritime Ports: Navigation in a complex regulatory regime
    28. Martin Nøkleberg

    29. "Kid, This Ain’t Your Night": Organized Crime and Discrimination at the Port of New York and New Jersey

              Paul E. Babchik and Jeffrey Walden

            Conclusion: Make up Leeway. Future maritime criminology and policing studies

            Yarin Eski and Martin Wright


    Yarin Eski is Assistant Professor at the Knowledge Hub Security and Social Resilience of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Martin Wright is Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Policing and Security, University of South Wales, UK.

    'Providing an interdisciplinary analysis of maritime crime and policing, this volume succinctly shows that maritime crime and its policing require more comprehensive approaches: the recognition that maritime crimes are inextricably linked to what transpires on land and that policing maritime crimes necessitates deep (international) cooperation between all actors involved. A must read for practitioners and researchers working on the topic.' 

    Ellen Hey, Professor in Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and in the Norwegian Center for the Law of the Sea, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway