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Marine operations piracy conference set for September

July 17, 2009

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LONDON — The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Piracy and Offshore Security Conference will be held at the aptly named “Action Stations” at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on September 15 and 16.

Ship owners, operators and charterers, offshore installation owners and operators, ship and offshore security officers, port and terminal operators, insurers, government agencies, legal representatives, academia and suppliers of security-related services and specialist equipment from around the world will gather at the conference to discuss ways and means in which ship and offshore installation owners and operators can counter the threat of piracy.

The event is supported by BIMCO, The Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA), EEZING (Exclusive Economic Zone Industry Group); and the Society of Maritime Industries.

“Our aim for this event is quite simple: to get operators and suppliers to meet in a forum which explores what is needed to protect ships and installations, and to compare the need with what is available,” said EEZING Mungo, who is serving as conference chairman. “To achieve this, we intend to analyze the threat and the costs; ask owners to identify what they need to protect ships within the law; give a taste of real situations through interactive workshops; seek international and government opinion on what needs to be done; and finally allow suppliers to demonstrate the latest available services and equipment which can be used for layered defense of ships and platforms.”

Among the speakers is OB Sisay of Exclusive Analysis Ltd., who will take on “Onshore risks and the implications for offshore operations” as his topic, looking at understanding the value of local sources; dynamics and indicators, and how small local actions transform the strategic outlook, with country case studies from Africa and Asia.

The Threat session will feature a presentation by BP Exploration Angola Security Advisor Neil Cox, speaking on “Offshore platforms: the operator’s view of the threat – and the requirements to counter it.”

Further information is available from www.imarest.org.

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