Ispra (IT) - 27/04/09 - 28/04/09
EU-US maritime security R&D workshop
On 27 - 28 April 2009, the Maritime Affairs Unit of the JRC Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen (IPSC) hosted a workshop on research and development in the field of maritime security. The workshop brought to light a number of common research interests, and both sides agreed on widespread interest of working together on basic technologies, in order to foster uniform standards and norms, and hence harmonisation in a potentially world-wide market. Research topics that were mentioned in particular included: wide area maritime surveillance, data fusion and anomaly detection, container security, and satellite AIS.
The event brought together around 50 participants from the EU and the US, including from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defence, Coast Guard, and Navy. Delegates from the NATO Research Centre of La Spezia, several Commission services as well as from the EU Agencies EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and Frontex (European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union) also attended the meeting. Representatives from industry involved in collaborative research projects were also participating.
From the European side, the various policies that impact on maritime security were presented, as well as the most relevant EU research projects in this field: OPERAMAR, AMASS, SECTRONIC, LIMES and WIMAAS. The JRC presented its work in the fields of maritime surveillance, container security and port security. Participants from the US gave an overview of the structures, initiatives and activities related to maritime security science and technology.
It is foreseen to strengthen EU-US R&D cooperation on maritime security, and, in the future, collaborative projects may be defined.