A thriving global economy is reliant upon the secure movement of commodities across oceans and the economy of the North American west coast is tied to the maritime industry. The one – day Maritime Security Summit on Thursday, May 8 at Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma will provide insights and answers to the question of how security and piracy issues affect the maritime and supply chain management industries of the west coast through a global lens.

Presented b y the Centers of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College , Global Trade & Supply Chain Management at Highline Community College , Homeland Security & Emergency Management at Pierce College , and the Northwest Maritime Center and Foss Waterway Seaport, the summit will address key issues around maritime security and piracy for the commercial sector. In addition to the summit, there will be a half – day professional development opportunity for business attorneys and risk managers. Attendees for the summit and professional development tracks can n etwork with senior – level executives and decision – makers from the shipping industries and public ports, learning more about peers’ risk management initiatives , network with key industry leaders and colleagues, and have an opportunity to discuss the latest challenges and developments in this rapidly changing and growing sector of the industry.

Overall, security considerations and the threat of piracy and other act s of violence continue to be significant concerns at sea, costing carriers, public ports, and Naval forces billions of dollars each year. A 2012 study completed by Oceans Beyond Piracy estimated the economic cost of Somali piracy to be between $5.7 and $ 6.1 billion dollars. However, maritime security issues are not limited to a single geographic region. Data from the International Chamber of Commerce show the ollowing areas as prone to maritime security risks:South East Asia and India Sub Continent, Africa and the Red Sea, South andCentral America, and the Caribbean Waters. Given the mobile nature of security threats and the ever – growing issue of port security, the maritime transportation industries remain on high alert to identify, mitigate, and address appropriate protective strategies that include ship hardening, armed personnel, crew training, and technology.

This summit will bring together subject matter experts in the fields of cyber security, port security, tracking software, supp ly chain management, and global maritime security and piracy. A 360 – degree exploration of maritime security ranging from analyzing the responsibility of the ship’s captain regarding security threats, understanding the spread of activity , carrying out an appropriate and thorough risk assessment prior to sailing to affected areas, training a well – prepared and educated crew to face security threats, the availability of non – violent technologies designed to deter or repel attack, what to expect operationally w hen armed guards are used on board, a naval update on operational spread and available support, and implementing the correct legal response and understanding liability.

Who should attend? Risk mitigation professionals, auditors and analysts, shipping companies, business attorneys, technology companies, public ports, maritime/transportation security and business continuity professionals, homeland security regional coordinators and state and local emergency managers, supply chain managers, academic community, insurance experts, naval architects, and ship builders.


Posted April 7, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS


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