It is impossible to imagine the maritime industry today without maritime safety and security. It is not only about safety on board or safe shipping routes. Digitization and automation have advanced the maritime industry in many areas but have also made it susceptible to risks from cyberspace. This applies to ships as well as port infrastructure and offshore wind turbines. So, we are well advised to pay utmost attention to maritime safety and security. This is for example why we initiated the ‘MARISSA-Days’ conference and continuously support building research infrastructures and industry networks.

Statement from Norbert Brackmann - German Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry

Ocean affairs and global trade are closely interconnected with maritime safety and security matters. And indeed, the latter is the key-enabler to provide and ensure a stable and reliable “good order at sea” for the save and successful conduct of our global businesses. Therefore, maritime safety and security is a national master task! 
The German National Masterplan on Maritime Technologies serves as the leading vehicle to bring researchers, industries and administration together to build and grow the national industrial footprint in the global security and defence market. Led by the German Society on Maritime Technology prominent stakeholders of the maritime safety and security market coordinate their efforts to offer first-class research, innovative products and cyber-secure digital services as ingredients for an attractive and competitive portfolio.

Record of MARISSA Events


Security challenges in coastal areas

13 January 2022 from 10:00 (CET) till 13:00 (CET)

The maritime sector is vital to people's lives and forms an important basis for prosperity and economic globalization. Maritime resources, especially in coastal regions, are the basis for a growing population. This population is increasingly concentrated in coastal regions. For example, 15 of the world's 20 largest cities are located on the coast. In addition, maritime transport corridors are the lifelines of globalization, and about 90 percent of world trade is carried by sea.

Maritime coastal areas and their protection are therefore a particular focus. The challenge is to protect maritime infrastructure, coastal areas, and the maritime space itself. Particular attention must therefore be paid to the management of events that threaten the human habitat. This includes tasks such as protecting critical maritime infrastructure and maritime areas to prevent illegal activities, protecting the global supply chain, ensuring freedom of navigation, and protecting the maritime environment. This can be achieved through the use of advanced information platforms and safety and security applications.

At MARISSA Day 5 "Security Challenges in Coastal Areas", we will provide insight into today's maritime coastal security tasks, give an overview of current projects and activities, and discuss the technologies and tasks needed in the future.