In preparation for this year’s International Port Security event, SMi has released an in-depth interview with Commander David Philips, Port of London Authority’s chief harbour master.
Hosted in London on the 4th and 5th June this year, the 5th rendition of SMi’s event hopes to address the latest developments in port security.
With briefing sessions from government officials and key players in security technology, alongside case studies from ports across the globe, the event hopes to provide delegates with up-to-date high priority information to best secure seaports and protect assets.
This year’s event will focus on the rise of organised crime within ports, compliance with the ISPS code and new systems including with the Port Security Management System.
Commander Philips, who will act as this year’s key speaker, is responsible for the 95 miles of the tidal River Thames, home to the UK’s second largest port by volume traded.
His presentation “Securing London from waterborne threats during the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics in 2012” looks at examining the trials and techniques enforced when defending the nation’s capital at a time when the eyes of the world were watching.
Speaking in the interview of the value of the event, Commander Philips said “What particularly struck me about this year’s conference compared with other security conferences I have attended in the past is its scope and balance.”
“All too often security conferences focus too much on the more newsworthy aspects such as piracy and criminal activity, whereas the real security question very often is more prosaic: which one of many thousands of containers aboard that particular ship is holding the dangerous or illegal cargo?”
“The agenda for this conference shows a very broad scope embracing all the key security issues, including my example above and furthermore is well-balanced in the time apportioned to key security issues.”