Maritime security in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico has been a long-standing issue. Criminal activity goes undocumented or unpublicised compared to the rest of the world. With its close proximity to the US border, it has become an attractive staging area for drug pedalling, weapon trafficking and maritime crime against commercial shipping. The drivers of these criminal attacks and the COVID -19 economic impact have contributed to the expansion of maritime crime in the area.
Police patrolling has also been a huge challenge for regional navies due to limited allocated defence budgets. Some Caribbean countries have even considered positive steps to expand and upgrade their maritime fleets. Funding for aerial platforms would be a crucial step to tackle the organised crimes in the Caribbean.
Download the intelligence report to read more about the maritime dangers arising from undocumented criminal activity, the threats and risks associated with maritime operations in the Caribbean and The Gulf of Mexico.