All articles by Richard Thomas

Richard is editor-in-chief for defence and transport at GlobalData.

Richard Thomas

Ukraine shipping inspections under BSGI at all-time low

The BSGI was put in place to enable much-needed Ukrainian grain and foodstuffs to be exported into the global food market.

Iranian naval forces seize second oil tanker in less than a week

The IRGCN seized an oil tanker in transit through the Strait of Hormuz on 3 May, days after a previous seizure of a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel.

Harland & Wolff begins prep work for FSS block manufacture

The company’s Belfast site is being revamped ahead of the start of block builds, with its Appledore yard focusing all three FSS bow blocks.

Nigerian Navy to “enhance efforts” in Gulf of Guinea following pirate attacks

In the past month two attacks have been registered on maritime trade in the region, resulting in hijacking of vessels and kidnapping of crew.

Generating workforce for FSS programme will be a challenge: UK officials

Around 1,000 new workers will need to be recruited at two UK shipyards in order to fulfill the build for the Fleet Solid Support programme.

Pragmatism wins the day as MROSS chosen over National Flagship

The decision by the UK Secretary of Defence to suspend the National Flagship programme has enabled investment into subsurface surveillance platforms.

UN pushes ahead with Ukraine grain inspections as Russia backs out

Moscow has suspended participation in a joint UN-Turkish programme that enabled the export of Ukrainian grains via a maritime corridor in the Black Sea.

NATO forces destroy seven mines adrift in Black Sea

Shipping had been warned of risk of floating mines from the Ukraine-Russia war, with vital grain shipments also possibly threatened.

New UKHO report shows defence revenue on the rise

The UK Hydrographic Office’s latest annual report shows increased revenue from defence customers, and an ongoing effort to transition away from paper charts to digital products.

Russian aggression shows the West’s GNSS weakness

In the modern world, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) form the digital link between all elements of society, from military, to parapublic and civilian.