chapter  I
The Significance of the North Atlantic and the Norwegian Contribution
ByRolf Tamnes
Pages 24

More than 90 per cent of the world’s raw materials, manufactured goods and energy supplies travel by sea. Securing the global commons and sea lines of communication (SLOC) is therefore vital to stability, economic growth and development. 1 In peacetime, securing the sea depends heavily on international law and multinational institutions and regimes, with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as a central point of reference. To achieve the same goal in wartime, the US and NATO would have to rely on sea-control and on their own ability to project power.