NLA in Malaysia

We are excited to announce the opening of our Malaysia office.  

NLA Co-founder Andy Hamflett has established the office as a new focal point for blue economy consulting in the region. Our research consistently indicates growth in several blue economy and satellite-related markets in ASEAN; couple that with a hunger for innovation and it made perfect sense to locate in South East Asia.  

NLA continues to operate from our original base near Southampton, UK, where we support innovative blue economy organisations and businesses to grow. Our new office in Malaysia allows us to connect even wider networks and open up new market opportunities for new and existing clients.

We look forward to encouraging and supporting greater engagement between SMEs and larger agencies from the UK and South East Asia. 

If you would like any more information about the work we do please get in touch via hello@nlaltd.co.uk

Sea Vision

Sea Vision

For most of my naval career, senior colleagues bemoaned the curse of sea blindness, a perception that increased in volume around the time of government reviews of defence and the inevitable scrutiny of naval budgets and resources. We thought ourselves to be ‘out of sight, out of mind’, with few of the general public aware of or caring about the value of our service and our contribution to the national well-being. And, indeed, it was challenging to build a picture of what was happening in our vicinity; using radars, helicopters and good old binoculars we would persistently monitor fishing vessels and merchant ships differentiating between oil rigs, crossing ferries and the ubiquitous yachties, and sharing our picture with other ships in the task group. Building a ‘white picture’ of routine shipping activity required constant, 24/7 dedicated monitoring of a plethora of data sources, bowling out conflicting tracks and resolving identities.

Seeing the Unseen: How new unmanned technologies can power marine conservation

Seeing the Unseen: How new unmanned technologies can power marine conservation

There are currently 13,764 Marine Protection Areas (MPAs) jointly covering over 2% of the oceans. One such MPA is Malaysia’s newly formed Tun Mustapha Park comprising 1 million hectares of marine park and shark sanctuary in northern Borneo. Governance, management, effective real-time situational awareness and enforcement are essential for the preservation of the resources in these water spaces and especially the hundreds of fish species that they support.