For more than ten years, MARISSA has provided a forum for a broad range of players to discuss the topic of maritime safety and security. The MARISSA Days and symposia have highlighted many safety and security aspects, from transport logistics and safety to digital platforms, automation, and sustainability.
The issues being addressed by MARISSA are highly relevant as the safety and security requirements in maritime transport have been increasing enormously. The expansion of offshore wind energy, for example, requires measures to be taken to ensure the safety and ease of shipping in the vicinity of wind farms. In addition, the use and transport of hydrogen and ammonia in shipping has raised new safety and security issues. Technologie to guarantee safe and secure maritime transport and prevent environmental damage have become even more important.
In view of the current security policy situation, we need to focus even more on topics such as the security of critical infrastructure – the attacks on Nord Stream 1 and 2 have made this very plain. This includes not only pipelines, but also infrastructures such as wind farms, submarine cables and ports. We need to jointly address topics including technologies for physical protection, cybersecurity and the necessary regulatory framework. For this reason, issues relating to maritime safety and security will also be dealt with at this year’s National Maritime Conference, which will be held in Bremen on 14-15 September. The cluster of excellence created on the basis of the National Masterplan for Maritime Technologies will therefore continue to make an important contribution to ensuring that shipping and maritime structures remain robust and resilient. I wish you every success for this important work.

Statement from Dieter Janecek - 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.

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Resilient Critical Maritime Infrastructure - MARISSA Day 14

25 April 2024 from 10:00 (CEST) till 13:00 (CEST)

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<<Critical maritime infrastructure is fundamental to the security and economic stability of the European Union. With the majority of global trade and commerce taking place via sea routes, any disruption to maritime infrastructure can have severe consequences (quote EU/EDA)>>.


With the unfortunate events off the coast of Bornholm in September 2022 global awareness has risen sharply regarding the new risks and threats imposed on maritime infrastructures off our coasts and at the High Seas. Due to this and other recent incidents, MARISSA Day 14 is addressing serious national and international efforts that have meanwhile been undertaken to provide surveillance and protection for many critical, national assets at and under the sea. Current activities range from the design and constructions of robust, resilient infrastructures to advanced monitoring, tracking and pursuance of potential attackers. Industrial solutions are available at the grand scale with autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, advanced marine sensors and powerful AI-based data analytics. Continuous innovation efforts however are needed to keep pace with and counter creative criminals and saboteurs. Above and beyond, legal and organisational constraints need to be coordinated to allow for the efficient and reliable conduct of truly harmonised control measures. Future maritime security of critical infrastructures at sea can only be provided in a joint and coordinated effort of all stakeholders from public authorities, industry, research and administrations.

The managment team