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The challenges facing naval, coastguard and the shipping industry have changed dramatically over the last decade and make future security considerations difficult to predict. The emphasis after 9/11 showed that terrorists will exploit access to open society in order to bring about catastrophic attacks against ports, population centres and countries using ships as the weapon.

Today’s enemies are unpredictable with access to diverse and constantly evolving technologies and attack methods. To counter this threat we need to ensure that our waters are secure. The first step towards increased maritime security is achieving greater maritime domain awareness.  

SMi’s Maritime Domain Awareness offers you the chance to meet and discuss openly the security threats facing the industry. Hear well timed case studies from distinguished speakers from international navies, coastguard, first responders and the commercial shipping industry.



  • Hear Keynote Addresses from the Portuguese Navy and International Maritime Bureau
  • Discuss challenges and responses for MDA in the Indian Ocean region
  • Assess maritime domain awareness based on space surveillance and tracking
  • Take part in an interactive panel discussion examining if MDA is used to best effect
  • Explore the common operating theatre and the latest simulation training technologies
  • Network with the people you want to meet from the maritime community

Industry profile includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts, Consultants & Officers for:

  • Maritime security development
  • Maritime programmes
  • Business operations
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Projects and programmes
  • Engineering
  • Navigation

Military profile includes:

Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Engineers, Project & Programme Managers:

  • Maritime surveillance
  • Security programmes
  • Systems and operations
  • Plans and requirements
  • Domain awareness
  • Maritime programmes
  • Navigation


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks

Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks, Director, CEMPA, UK


Rear Admiral Antonio Gameiro Marques

Rear Admiral Antonio Gameiro Marques, Head of the Directorate of Technologies of Information, Portuguese Navy

  • Update of activities in the Portuguese Navy
  • Generating actionable intelligence at sea
  • Information sharing between ships
  • Integrated technology to aid maritime surveillance

    Admiral (Ret'd) Fernando Del Pozo

    Admiral (Ret'd) Fernando Del Pozo, Maritime Surveillance Wise Pen Team, European Defence Agency

  • EU Military Staff Plans and Requirements
  • Assessing the  evolving threat
  • Identifying the enemy through effective intelligence and information gathering
  • Working together with  EU nations to deliver greater maritime awareness
  • Future improvements we can make
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Challenges and Responses in the Indian Ocean Region

    Commodore (Ret'd) RS Vasan

    Commodore (Ret'd) RS Vasan, (Former) Regional Commander, Coast Guard Region East, Indian Navy

  • Growth and present status of the IN
  • The IN maritime power and potential
  • Evolving solutions for a changing maritime environment - Paradigm shift post 26/11
  • Security considerations on the Indian ocean
  • Equipping and using systems – increasing MDA in a changing maritime environment
  • ORBAT, acquisition programmes , indigenous ship building programmes and technological advances
  • 11:40 Maritime Domain Awareness – The Need for Flexible C2 Solutions

    Roger Cook

    Roger Cook, Director, Maritime Domain Awareness Programmes, L-3 Nautronix

  • Why a common operating picture is important for MDA
  • Practical applications in Australia and New Zealand
  • Building on existing investments
  • Filling the gaps
  • Providing actionable information
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Improving Interoperability and Information Sharing at all Levels Amongst the Shipping Community

    Jakob Paaske Larsen

    Jakob Paaske Larsen, Maritime Security Officer, BIMCO

  • How do we create a more joined up approach amongst the shipping community?
  • Coordination and cooperation in response to maritime threats
  • Where does the information come from - data, knowledge and intelligence sharing
  • Can we do better?
  • 14:30 Maritime Security and Merchant/Military Co-operation

  • Strategic communications technologies in support of security and safety
  • Commercial and Military communications interaction
  • Using existing solutions as a framework infrastructure
  • Why use satellite technology
  • Future developments in maritime domain awareness
  • Steff Taylor

    Steff Taylor, Business Development Manager, Inmarsat Government Services

    Peter Blackhurst

    Peter Blackhurst, Head of Maritime Safety Services, Inmarsat

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Space Based Surveillance for the Maritime Sector

    Itziar Alonso

    Itziar Alonso , Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency

  • Using satellites to increase maritime domain awareness
  • What operational advantage do they bring?
  • Enabling early risk assessment
  • US/Europe cooperation
  • Next programmatic steps at European level
  • 16:20 Next Generation Satellite AIS and its Effect on Comprehensive and Persistent Global Vessel Monitoring

    John Allan

    John Allan, VP Sales and Marketing, exactEarth

  • The challenges faced by space based AIS receivers in high vessel concentration areas
  • The processing techniques that have been developed to “de-collide” AIS messages in these areas
  • Maritime security and surveillance  applications that will benefit from the provision of these new high detection quality data services, such as exactAIS
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks

    Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks, Director, CEMPA, UK

    9:10 A Common Operating Picture - Status Update for Europe

    Emanuele De Rosa

    Emanuele De Rosa, Administrator, DG MOVE - Unit C3, EU Commission

  • An assessment of ship security and the operating picture in Europe
  • Information sharing at sea
  • Mitigating threats through increased maritime domain awareness
  • What are the major challenges and how do we overcoming them?

    Commodore (Ret'd) RS Vasan

    Commodore (Ret'd) RS Vasan, (Former) Regional Commander, Coast Guard Region East, Indian Navy

    Fredrik Cornell

    Fredrik Cornell, Director, Maritime & Logistics Security Solutions, Securitas Maritime & Logistics Solutions

    Itziar Alonso

    Itziar Alonso , Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency

    Malcolm Warr

    Malcolm Warr, EMEA Director, Maritime Services Management

    10:50 Morning Coffee


    Commander Larry Trim

    Commander Larry Trim, Branch Head, Maritime Operations Section N3, MCC NATO Northwood UK

  • An update of activities at MCC NATO Northwood
  • The challenge of international militaries/organizations operating under their flag to combat piracy (CMF/EU/NATO)
  • Shared Awareness and Deconfliction meetings (SHADE)
  • Exploiting intelligence to stay one step ahead of the pirates
  • The challenge of logistics – Too few ports for the international community
  • Legal considerations: To detain or not detain
  • Final conclusions
  • 12:00 US Navy's MDA Game Plan and Roadmap

    Commander Helen Furbush

    Commander Helen Furbush, OPNAV N2N6 MDA , US Navy

    Commander Matt Aljanich

    Commander Matt Aljanich, OPNAV N2N6 MDA, US Navy

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 An Overview of MDA in the Canadian Navy

    Commander Sean Irvine

    Commander Sean Irvine, Senior Planning Officer Atlantic Region, Canadian Navy

    14:40 Project Kraken – Maritime Reporting Strategy

    Detective Superintendent Scott Chilton

    Detective Superintendent Scott Chilton, Head of Special Branch, Hampshire Constabulary

  • History and maritime vulnerabilities
  • Maritime domain awareness
  • UK Police National Maritime Security Strategy
  • Community engagement
  • Olympic difference
  • 15:20 Operations in the Swedish Coast Guard

    Commodore Dan Thorell

    Commodore Dan Thorell, Director, Response and Law Enforcement Department, Swedish Coast Guard

  • Assessment of activities in the Swedish Coast Guard
  • Interoperability and information sharing with the Swedish Navy
  • Have we created a joined up approach?
  • Technologies being used to aid success
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks Followed by Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference



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    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


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