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SMi's Port Security conference is a 'must-attend' networking event for port security professionals.

Attend and learn how ports manage common and country-specific security challenges and how they integrate new technology to improve supply chain security. Discuss how port authorites, port operators, the private sector, customs and law enforcement professionals can improve cooperation.


Detailed presentations from Coast Guards, the US Department of Homeland Security and six European ports will help you understand the security threats in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.


Meet representatives from the European Commission the International Maritime Organisation for an update on the future of port security legislation; and identify opportunities for international cooperation.


Key Topics Include:

  • Balancing commerce with security measures. Learn how ports assess and manage risks.  Is 100% cargo screening viable? Is it necessary?
  • What are the major concerns for ports? From terrorism to piracy to fraud, discuss the current and emerging threats.
  • New technologies used for detection, screening and security. Analyse what state-of-the-art technologies are available. 
  • Effectiveness of the ISPS code. Four years on, how has the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code improved security?

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Rear Admiral Francesco Carpinteri, Chief, 6th Department, Italian Coast Guard
  • Christian Dupont, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Tren, Transportation and Energy, European Commission
  • Ervin Kapos, Director, Operations Analysis Division, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation
  • Giles Noakes, Head of Security, Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)
  • Rik Verhaegen, Deputy Port Security Officer, Antwerp Port Authority
  • Ambroziu Duma, Director of Port Operations, Safety and Security, Port of Constantza
  • Thomas Fransson, Security Manager, Port of Gothenburg
  • David Attard, National Maritime Security Compliance Manager, Malta Maritime Authority
  • Amaury De Maupeou, Port Officer, Port of Marseille
  • Ronald Kessel, Project Manager, Port Protection, NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC)
  • Cyrus Mody, Piracy Analyst, International Maritime Bureau

Chaired by:

  • Fer Van de Laar, Managing Director, International Association of Ports & Harbors
  • Andrew McClumpha, Associate, Transport Infrastructure Safety & Security Group, Booz Allen Hamilton


For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Fiona Punter on +44 (0) 207 827 6098 or fpunter@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Fer van de Laar

Fer van de Laar, Managing Director, The International Association of Ports and Harbors

9:10 National Maritime Security Organization in Italy: Ships, Port Facilities and Ports

Rear Admiral Francesco Carpinteri

Rear Admiral Francesco Carpinteri, Chief, 6th Department, Italian Coast Guard

• Ship security implementation
• Port security implementation
• Measures of decreasing risk to ports

9:50 Current Status of ISPS Implementation

Sascha  Pristrom

Sascha Pristrom, Maritime Safety Division (MSD), Sub-Division for Maritime Security and Facilitation, International Maritime Organisation

• Four years on, how effective is the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code?
• What inspection regimes are in place?
• Standardisation of inspections
• International Cooperation of the IMO

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Meeting EU Port Security Standards

Christian Dupont

Christian Dupont, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Transportation and Energy, EU Commission

• Experience from recent port inspections
• Where is there room for improvement?
• Cooperation of the IMO with the European Commission

11:40 Setting Standards to Improve Security

Giles Noakes

Giles Noakes, Head of Security, The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)

• Impact of security measures on the shipping industry
• How much legislation is practical and justified?
• Striking the balance between security and a freer flow of commerce

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:40 Protecting the Eastern Gateway to the European Union

Ambroziu  Duma

Ambroziu Duma, Director, Port Operations, Safety & Security Division , Constantza Port Administration

• Overview of the threats to the port of Constantza
• Increasing port security measures to the Eastern border of EU
• Cooperation between the Port Authorities, the private sector and law enforcement.

14:20 Implementing Security Measures Beyond ISPS

Amaury  de Maupeou

Amaury de Maupeou, Port Officer, Port Autonome De Marseille

• Security measures to reduce risk to the Port of Marseille
•  The quick introduction of Marseille harbour
• SEC MAR in Marseille Harbour, the security system for goods, people, and equipment inside a sensitive maritime area

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Challenges of Security at an Entry Port to Europe

Rik Verhaegen

Rik Verhaegen, Deputy Port Security Officer, Port of Antwerp

  • Participation in multilateral initiatives
  • Implementation of the Mega Port initiative in Antwerp
  • An overview of the work of the Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Centre (APEC)
  • 16:10 Trends in Illegal Migration and People Smuggling

    Gottfried  Zürcher

    Gottfried Zürcher, Director General , The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

    • Measures needed to enhance enforcement
    • Illegal migration routes, what are the trends, where are the hotspots?
    • Use of international cooperation to secure borders

    16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew McClumpha

    Andrew McClumpha, Andrew McClumpha, Associate, Transport Infrastructure Safety & Security Group, Booz Allen Hamilton

    9:10 Modelling Realistic Threats to Improve International Security

    Ervin Kapos

    Ervin Kapos, Director, Operations Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, USA

    • Lessons learned from international war games – reacting to an international smugglers
    • Joint exercises in port and maritime security
    • Improving international security measures

    9:50 Protecting Ports and Harbours from Terrorist Attacks

    Ronald Kessel

    Ronald Kessel, Project Manager, , NATO Undersea Research Centre

    •     An overview of the NATO Undersea Research Centre’s goals in port protection
    •     Experience and lessons learned from the Harbour Protection Trials
    •     Underwater intruder detection technologies
    •     Advancing technologies for high readiness, rapid response

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Port Security Domestic Initiatives in the USA

  • Current USCG initiatives under the Port Security Grant Programme
  • USCG Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model (MSRAM) - quantifying and prioritising risks
  • Management of trade resumption and resilience in ports
  • The issues of securing rivers
  • David  Eydes

    David Eydes, Maritime Risk Consultant , ABS Consulting

    John Reinert

    John Reinert, Maritime Risk Consultant, ABS Consulting

    11:40 Next Generation Sonar for Underwater Protection of Ports and Strategic Coastal Installations

    Rob Balloch

    Rob Balloch, Strategic Development and Marketing Director, Sonardyne International Ltd

  • The threat of underwater sabotage: where are ports and coastal infrastructure vulnerable to attack?
  • The capability gap: enabling automatic monitoring of significant raw system data 24/365
  • Challenges of deploying and integrating multiple sensors to provide wide area coverage
  • The need for an independent or integrated command system in the underwater domain
  • Applications of Sentinel to reduce port vulnerability
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 IMARSEC: An Integrated Approach to Secure Harbour, Coastal Zone and Exclusive Economic Zones

    Louis-Dominique  Despretz

    Louis-Dominique Despretz, Maritime expert, EADS Defence & Security System

  • New challenges to meet in maritime security
  • Concepts and Approach
  • Dedicated solution for seaport
  • 14:20 International Threats and Realities of Global Piracy

    Cyrus Mody

    Cyrus Mody, Piracy Analyst, International Maritime Bureau

    • Overview of international piracy and its effect on security, a look at the trends in the last five years
    • Piracy Hotspots: Indonesia, Nigeria, Somalia, Bangladesh, India
    •  What can ports do better?

    15:00 Security and Efficiency Requirements in the Supply Chain: Case Study on the Port of Gothenburg

    • Supply chain security and efficiency challenges for the Port of Gothenburg
    • Improving efficiency and security simultaneously
    • Securing a port in a networked environment
    Thomas  Fransson

    Thomas Fransson, Security Manager, Port Of Gothenburg

    Camilla Nyquist

    Camilla Nyquist, Research Project Manager, Volvo Technology

    15:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea



    A Practical Scenario in Port Security

    A Practical Scenario in Port Security

    Fira Palace
    30th September 2008
    Barcelona, Spain

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