Threats in the maritime domain can originate and end, well beyond the ports’ surrounding limits and it is this particular aspect of security which will be the focus of this interactive half day workshop.  Coupled with the discussion on the individual links of the supply chain, will be the review of the current security initiatives presently being instigated by the various US agencies for container vessels serving the North American trades.

The workshop and the ensuing debate should benefit senior executives with the following business backgrounds:

  • Container carriers
  • Ship managers
  • Container terminal operators
  • Intermodal transportation carriers
  • Shipping agents
  • International regulatory bodies
  • Military security specialists

About the workshop leader:

Richard E W Butcher is Chairman and Managing Director of Invicta Management Services, providers of commercial and operational advice to companies involved in deep sea cargo transportation, with a specialisation in the container business. He is a qualified Master Mariner with an extra Master Mariner's BSc in Maritime Studies, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport; and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

In 1979 he formed his own company - Invicta Management Services - to provide expert consultancy on a long term basis for companies involved in the container business.


Cambridge Academy of Transport has been conducting a wide range of maritime transport related training programmes for over 25 years.  No two courses are alike, other than in their basic structure.  Current issues always dictate content, which is being continually updated by the lecturers who have hands-on experience and day-to-day contact with the industry, thereby giving a practical slant to all the programmes. Cambridge Academy of Transport have also tailor-made a series of practical courses in association with the Baltic Exchange to meet the needs of those involved in the shipping business. Apart from Cambridge and London, the programmes are run at other maritime centres around the world.



Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Start

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Resume

13:00 End


Marriott Lisbon

Av.dos Combatentes
No 45
Lisbon 1600-042

Marriott Lisbon



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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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