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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Maritime security from above - Aerial surveillance of maritime areas and infrastructures

07 June 2023 from 10:00 (CEST) till 13:00 (CEST)

Disruptions in the supply of energy and food, the provision of transport and mobility means, or the availability of communication, emergency and rescue services may cause serious societal and economic damage and affect large segments of the population. Within this, the public debate has identified so-called critical infrastructures as particularly crucial elements for the proper and uninterrupted provision of public and private services.

In the maritime domain such critical infrastructures do range from ports and port facilities, waterways and inland traffic infrastructures all the way out to offshore oil, gas and energy installations. Monitoring, surveillance and protection is therefore a must to ensure the uninterrupted conduct of all legal maritime affairs.

Besides classical means to conduct underwater and surface surveillance missions, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are today becoming attractive options and alternatives to extend and improve existing monitoring capabilities with flexible, low-cost and highly efficient flying platforms.

With our MARISSA day #10 we are set for an in-depth introduction and discussion of existing and future technologies, trends and application. Various specialists from the field will provide us with their views and experiences in one of the fastest growing segments of modern maritime safety and security measures.

 As our speakers, we are looking forward to welcome:

  •  Vladimír Foltín, General Aviation Roadmap Project Manager, European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Marco Nisi, Head of Integrated GNSS solutions, SISTEMATICA S.p.A.
  • Michael Bergmann, Managing Director, BM Bergmann Marine GmbH
  • Dr. Hanno Schnaars / Tim Strohbach, Fraunhofer IFAM
  • Harald Rossol, CEO, b.r.m. IT & Aerospace GmbH
  • Dr. Martin Nägele, CEO, OptoPrecision GmbH

MARISSA continues with its successful format of online sessions on Maritime Safety and Security Applications, which - since its start in 2020 - already attracted about 1,300 participants from more than 50 countries. 

Stay tuned for programme details!

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