Rupert Herbert-Burns

Former Nonresident Research Fellow

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Herbert-Burns is a leading international maritime security consultant with his own firm, Proteus Offshore & Marine Ltd; engaged in operations and security risk management projects for shipping, offshore oil and gas sector clients with operations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He has conducted at-sea ship security surveys and risk assessments, oil and gas terminal surveys, land-based drilling project risk assessment, ISPS Code consultation, and the provision of armed at-sea vessel protection services. Herbert-Burns has also operated as an on-scene operations response consultant for the return of hijacked oil tankers in Somalia. From 2006 to 2007, he worked at sea as a security and safety advisor for VLCCs operating in the northern Persian Gulf during the war in Iraq.

In the context of maritime and offshore operations risk consultation, Rupert has concentrated his expertise in the petroleum shipping and offshore sectors; working for operators of VLCCs, LNG carriers, product tankers, seismic survey ships and their support vessels, sub-sea construction & pipe-laying vessels, diving support ships and offshore support vessels.

Previously, as a director at Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit in Washington D.C. and London, Herbert-Burns was engaged in security-risk and shipping trade data analysis, port, and terminal security audits and threat assessment support roles.

Prior to his current professional activities, Herbert-Burns was commissioned as a warfare officer in the Royal Navy; serving worldwide in major surface warships, a conventional submarine, and support vessels. He also had subsequent service as an infantry platoon commander with the Brigade of Gurkhas. Following his re-commissioning in 2007, Herbert-Burns continues to serve as an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve. Herbert-Burns has master’s degree (MLitt) [International Security Studies] and a Ph.D [Petroleum Geopolitics] from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Research & Writing

Issue Brief
Arctic Commercial Shipping and the Strategic Significance of the Northern Sea Route

In early August 2013, the general cargo vessel M/V Yong Sheng — a ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Group Company and weighing in at 19,150 deadweight tonnes — sailed from Dalian in northeastern China, bound for Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Or…

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Countering Piracy, Trafficking, and Terrorism: Ensuring Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

This paper is part of a forthcoming series exploring maritime and security policy issues in the Indian Ocean, to be released in the summer of 2012.  Together, the papers will examine emerging trends and challenges in the ocean realm, including the…

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Stimson Center Maritime Security Briefing #2 | Indian Ocean Naval Activity | Spring 2012

This brief offers a review of key naval developments in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) during the first quarter of 2012. Events have been dominated by extensive Iranian naval manoeuvres and deployments out of area, the US Navy’s force surge in the Persi…

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Stimson Center Maritime Security Briefing #1 | Indian Ocean Piracy Developments | Spring 2012

The first quarter of 2012 paints a somewhat confusing picture with regard to the state of piracy threat in the high risk areas (HRA) of the Indian Ocean. Initially, given the low level of attacks for the first six weeks of 2012, it seemed the threat ag…

Issue Brief
Stimson Center Maritime Security Briefing #2 | Indian Ocean Naval Activity | Spring 2012

This brief offers a review of key naval developments in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) during the first quarter of 2012. Events have been dominated by extensive Iranian naval manoeuvres and deployments out of area, the US Navy’s force surge in the Persi…

Issue Brief
Stimson Center Maritime Security Briefing #1 | Indian Ocean Piracy Developments | Spring 2012

The first quarter of 2012 paints a somewhat confusing picture with regard to the state of piracy threat in the high risk areas (HRA) of the Indian Ocean. Initially, given the low level of attacks for the first six weeks of 2012, it seemed the threat ag…

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Maritime Commerce and Security: The Indian Ocean

Maritime Commerce and Security: The Indian Ocean describes the commerical trends and their security implications with a view to helping policy makers and others outside the industry understand the vulnerabilities of an industry that is central to the g…

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