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In a time where Naval Forces around the world are facing budget constraints and piracy continues to plague all corners of the globe; it is vital to maximise cooperation between maritime authorities and private industry in order to create enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness.

Statistics from the International Maritime Bureau show that piracy reached record levels in 2010 – creating a climate of uncertainty over how to combat this threat and the level of force required to protect crucial shipping lines.

SMi’s Maritime Domain Awareness conference will once again explore multiple MarSec threats and an effective understanding of the maritime domain. 



  • Enjoy presentations from: Royal Navy, US Navy, Italian Navy, Spanish Navy, Italian Coast Guard, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, NMIC US, NATO Shipping Centre, EDA...and more
  • Learn about the fight against piracy in the Somali Basin
  • Hear what needs to be done to ensure enhanced vessel awareness
  • Discuss the legal issues arising from piracy and the potential solutions to these obstacles
  • Understand how navies and coast guards are operating alongside private industry to minimize risk at sea

Industry profile includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts, Consultants & Officers for:

  • Maritime security development
  • Maritime programmes
  • Business operations
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Projects and programmes
  • Engineering
  • Navigation

Military profile includes:

Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Engineers, Project & Programme Managers:

  • Maritime surveillance
  • Security programmes
  • Systems and operations
  • Plans and requirements
  • Domain awareness
  • Maritime programmes
  • Navigation


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks


Colonel Richard Spencer OBE

Colonel Richard Spencer OBE, Chief of Staff, EU Naval Force

  • Overview of activities of EUNAVFOR
  • Operation Atalanta: mission objectives
  • Deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery
  • Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa
  • Mission successes
  • Future goals
  • 9:50 SPECIAL ADDRESS: Total Domain Awareness and the Maritime Task Group

    Commodore Simon Ancona

    Commodore Simon Ancona, Deputy Commander, UK Maritime Forces, Royal Navy

  • A study of specific operations and activities and go back to 'first priniciples'
  • Tactical level business of 'wielding' a Maritime Task Group and its information demands.
  • Explanation of the importance of 'Total' domain awareness (vs MDA) and how the Royal Navy is developing its capabilities to meet future force requirements.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Small Coastline – Great Lakes – Major Effort: Linking MDA to Security Reform in the DR Congo?

    Colonel Marco Hekkens

    Colonel Marco Hekkens, EUSEC - Kinshasa (DRC), Netherlands Marine Corps

  • Brief Introduction EUSEC - working at the strategic level
  • Present situation – friction between ambition and reality?
  • Internal and external actors – common vision?
  • Avoiding seams – possible (EU) future work strands in the DR Congo
  • 11:30 The Role of the Non-Lethal Weapons in Maritime Security Operations

    Captain Massimo Annati

    Captain Massimo Annati , Deputy Chairman of the European Working Group-Non-Lethal-Weapons, Auxiliary Force, Italian Navy

  • Countering the asymmetric threats
  • Supporting the boarding teams
  • Stopping fast boats
  • 12:10 National Maritime Intelligence Centre

    Brian Eggleston

    Brian Eggleston, Chief of Strategic Engagement, National Maritime Intelligence Center, U.S.

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Ensuring Enhanced Vessel Awareness

    Commander Stein Olav Hagalid

    Commander Stein Olav Hagalid, Branch Head, NATO Shipping Centre

  • What can be done to deter piracy
  • The level of support you can expect from military forces in the area
  • How to prepare prior to departure
  • The legal implications of armed/unarmed security
  • What to expect if boarded and what actions should be taken
  • 14:40 Understanding the Shipping Industry perspective on piracy - the complexities, realities and concerns within the maritime domain

    Giles Noakes

    Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Securtiy Officer, BIMCO

  • How the industry has worked to achieve the current status quo and the problems it faces in dealing with piracy.
  • The influence of commercial realities, the problems they pose for continued trading if the international community cannot face the realities.
  • Future industry concerns on how to deal with piracy in the maritime domain.
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 What´s Next in Maritime Security - A Naval Perspective

    Commander Eugene Diaz del Rio

    Commander Eugene Diaz del Rio, Branch Head Strategy Plans, Plans and Policy Division, Spanish Navy

  • Why we need maritime security
  • The use of the high seas
  • Threats and risks in the maritime domain
  • What do we need to achieve maritime security
  • The future of the exchange of information in the maritime domain
  • The role of the Navies in maritime security
  • 16:20 Developing the UK National Maritime Information Centre

    Captain Russell Pegg OBE

    Captain Russell Pegg OBE, Director, National Maritime Intelligence Centre, UK

  • UK Approach to Maritime Security
  • The role of the UK NMIC
  • Challenges in developing a multi-agency environment
  • 17:00 Maritime Force Protection and Counter Piracy

  • Best management practices
  • IRTC/Convoy ops
  • Somali Basin
  • Lieutenant Commander Vincent Noyce

    Lieutenant Commander Vincent Noyce, Anti Surface Warfare Specialist, Battle Watch Captain UKMCC Bahrain, Royal Navy

    Glen Erskine

    Glen Erskine, Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy

    Ian Wilkinson

    Ian Wilkinson, Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks


    Rear Admiral Charles Martoglio

    Rear Admiral Charles Martoglio, Chief of Staff, H.Q. US European Command

  • Current operations in maritime security
  • Challenges
  • Goals
  • 9:50 Role of the MCA and Current Challenges

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Sir Alan Massey

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

    The work of the MCA
    Future role and organisation of the Coastguard
    Responding to maritime emergencies

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Maritime Domain Awareness in the Port of London

    Rear Admiral David Snelson

    Rear Admiral David Snelson, Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority

  • Data integration
  • Shipping intelligence
  • MDA partners
  • MDA and the Olympics
  • 11:30 Joint Maritime Operations Coordinated by Frontex

    Georgios Vourekas

    Georgios Vourekas, Head of Sea Border Sector, Frontex

  • The role of Frontex in maritime security
  • Current and future joint operations
  • EEZ extension implications for maritime border security
  • Redefining the security architectures between nations for effective co-operation and the impact of this on national requirements
  • 12:10 Maritime Security and Piracy: Recent Developments at IMO

    Chris Trelawny

    Chris Trelawny, Deputy Director, Sub-Division for Maritime Security and Facilitation, International Maritime Organisation

  • ISPS Code, seven years on
  • Piracy - orchestrating the response
  • Regional initiatives to enhance maritime security
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Role of Modelling and Simulation in MDA

    Jörg Schmid

    Jörg Schmid, Program Manager: Underwater Security, Institute For Maritime Technology (IMT), South Africa

  • Modelling and simulation at the IMT
  • Current status of technology and capabilities
  • Event based modelling
  • Evaluation of waterside security processes and systems
  • Future requirements and capabilities
  • 14:40 Is your company prepared – An Introduction to the Proactive Method

  • Dealing with incidents on all levels in the company
  • Focus areas in EMergency Preparedness
  • A Procative Method for Emergency Response
  • Rune Bratland

    Rune Bratland, Manager, Proactima

    Jo Tidemann

    Jo Tidemann, Consultant, Proactima

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CBRN in the Maritime Environment

    Neil Hall

    Neil Hall, Former Assistant Commissioner, Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force

  • The current situation with regards to CBRN in the Maritime Environment
  • The threat
  • Potential consequences of a CBRN Attack
  • Tactics, Kit and Equipment
  • The way ahead
  • 16:20 International Law and the Fight Against Piracy – Tool or Obstacle

    Eugene Kontorovich

    Eugene Kontorovich, Associate Professor, Northwestern University Law School, US

  • Empirical data on the rate of prosecution of piracy under universal jurisdiction
  • Legal obstacles to prosecution
  • Legal obstacles to enforcement
  • Great variance in penalties among nations
  • Potential solutions: regional or hybrid courts; equipment laws and other evidentiary measures
  • 17:00 Examining the Legal Issues Arising from Piracy

    Stephen Askins

    Stephen Askins, Partner, Ince & Co

  • Legal issues of armed guards
  • Why are ships being held for ever greater periods?
  • What key charterparty issues must be considered?
  • Legal aspects surrounding seaworthiness and Best Management Practice
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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