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


Autonomous into the future

07 October 2021 from 10:00 (CEST) till 13:00 (CEST)

Digitalization and automation are in full swing to change marine transport, shipping, and ports forever. Wherever on the global marine highways’, ships, crew, and cargo are today just “a digital stone throw” away from the next digital data centre, providing support, safety, and control for the mariners and their valuable cargo. And although the development of autonomous ships may still be in its infancy, the future of autonomous sea transport has already become clearly visible on the horizon.

Based on the motto „AUTONOMOUS INTO THE FUTURE“, the programme of the upcoming MARISSA Day 3 accommodates keynotes and presentations from:

  •  Dr. André Bolles - DLR, Institute of System Engineering for Future Mobility
  • Ornulf Jan Rodseth - Senior Scientist SINTEF Ocean AS and General Manager of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships
  • Lennart Swoboda - Project Manager Finance & Controlling, Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG
  • Pia Meling - VP Sales & Marketing, Massterly
  • Hendrik Bußhoff - Head of Product, Autonomous Systems, Wärtsilä Voyage, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics GmbH

With MARISSA Day 3 we will provide deeper insights into the development of autonomous marine transport and its consequences and impact on marine safety and security, reliability, and robustness. Our speakers will share their views and visions, but also pending challenges on the fascinating matter. Three questions will here be of particular interest:

  •  How can autonomous systems help to improve maritime safety & security?
  • What are the primary technology drivers to enable reliable autonomous driving?
  • How will the introduction of autonomous marine transport impact on the existing global shipping and port community?


Facilitators for this event will be the:

  • German Aerospace Center DLR
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE
  • ATLAS Elektronik GmbH   

as members of the MARISSA advisory team.

 The detailed programme will become available soon. Registration for MARISSA Day 3 is open NOW!