Saferseas - Brest France 26th - 30th october 2015

Safer Seas 2015 : maritime safety through the prism of Blue Growth

International gathering of professionals of the oceans and the seas, « SAFER SEAS, a Sea Tech event » picks a different angle of approach on each edition, to shed different lights on the issues of maritime safety and security. This 4th edition won't break the rule as Blue Growth will be the common denominator of the event's highlights.


Safer Seas main conference comprises 2 strands:

  • The first strand is devoted to the evolving policies and regulations relating to maritime safety and security. On the one hand, this strand will review relevant progress since the last Safer Seas event in 2011, while establishing the limitations and checks on the effectiveness of existing and future norms (Session 1). On the other hand, analysis of the evolution of the geostrategic context, particularly in security matters, will identify new challenges relating to regulatory and operational responses (Session 2).


  • The second strand is devoted to an overview of the opportunities – particularly technological – that maritime safety offers for Blue Growth. It is organised into 3 sessions devoted to knowledge, protection and monitoring of the environment (Session 3), polar routes and ships of the future (Session 4) and developing and managing port activities (Session 5).


In addition, France is hosting the United Nations end-of-year conference on climate change. The oceans play a decisive role in helping us understand the mechanisms linked to climate disruption, and it is essential that the impact of this disruption is considered in questions of maritime safety. For this reason, in the wake of COP21, due weight will be given to these questions during the various discussions at Safer Seas.  .


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9.00-11.00 am : Opening session

" Ocean, climate and maritime safety "

9.45-11.00 am : SAFER SEAS welcomes EURASC


11.00 - 11.20 amCoffee break



9.00 - 9.30 am : Introduction

" Qualitative and quantitative analysis of Blue Growth "


9h30 - 11h00 am : Session 3

Improving knowledge, monitoring and protection

Round table : integrated marine and maritime surveillance, new technologies…


11.00 - 11.20 am Coffee break


11.20 am - 1.00 pm : Session 4

Routes and ships of the future in extremes zones

Round table : polar code, bathymetry, remote sensing, development of tourism…



11.20 am - 12.45 pm : Session 1

Maritime safety : current state of play and existing obstacles

Round table 1 : The increasing scale and technical sophistication of cargo, container and passenger ships


2.00 - 3.10 pm : Session 1 (end)

Maritime safety : current state of play and existing obstacles

Round table 2 : Ship-source accidental and operational pollution


3.10 - 4.10 pm : Session 2

Evolution of the geostrategic context and maritime safety - an appraisal and new challenges

Round table 1 : Piracy and other non-traditional threats


4.10 - 4.30 pm Coffee break


4.30 - 6.00 pm : Session 2 (end)

Evolution of the geostrategic context and maritime safety - an appraisal and new challenges

Round table 2 : Cybersecurity

2.30 - 4.00 pm : Session 5

Developing and managing port activities

Round table : city-port interface, integrated management, port security…

6.00 - 6.45 pm : Discussions on governance of the seas and oceans

4.00 - 5.00 pm : Synthesis and expectations


5.00 - 5.30 pm Coffee break


5.00 - 6.30 pm : Site visits


6.45 - 9.00 pm : Drinks reception

7.00 - 10.30 pm : Evening at Océanopolis Departure of shuttle buses from 6.30 pm, Le Quartz



 9.00 – 9.45 AM : OPENING SESSION

Welcome by the local authorities followed by introductory speeches

In the presence of representatives of the European Union, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Presentation by the Vice-amiral d'escadre Emmanuel de OLIVEIRA, Maritime Prefect for the Atlantic



Presentation by Michel AYMERIC, Secretary General for the Sea





Session chair: Paul TREGUER, Emeritus Professor, European Institute of the Sea - IUEM

  • Pascal OLIVARD, President of Université de Bretagne Occidentale - UBO
  • Claude DEBRU, President of the European Academy of Sciences-EURASC. “The EURASC Brest declaration
  • Jean-Marie FLAUD, representative of the Research and Innovation Department of the French Ministry for Research
  • Presentation by Jean JOUZEL, Vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC. “Climate changes on planet Earth: from the past to the present and the future
  • Leonardo da Vinci medal awarded to Jean JOUZEL by the president of EURASC


11.00 - 11.20 : Coffee break



 Session 1 : Maritime safety - current state of play and existing obstacles (11.20 am - 12.45 pm, 2.00 - 3.10 pm) 

Since the last SAFER SEAS event, maritime activities and international regulations have evolved and transformed. Accessing hydrocarbons requires the development of gigantic structures; container ships transport increasing volumes of goods; cruise liners carry more and more passengers; new routes are opening up in the far north; and so on. These changes entail new paradigms in terms of the safety of humans and assets, as well as the marine environment and, thus, biological resources.

Implementing and even ratifying certain texts may, however, be a source of concern for stakeholders from both the institutional and economic communities. Questions may be raised about the Erika legislative packages and the extending of EMSA missions at a European level, or about the coming into force of new international instruments, particularly in the environmental field where they relate to clean ships, ship breaking and recycling, ballast water management, etc.

Session 1 provides a comprehensive picture of present-day maritime activities and international regulations. On the basis of this, experts will discuss the difficulties of implementing the regulations and ways of ensuring they are more effective.


11.20 am - 12.45 pm

Round table n°1: the increasing scale and technical sophistication of cargo, container and passenger ships
What consequences in terms of safety for goods and persons? What does it imply for Save and Rescue routines when a crisis occurs? How are the social and human factors taken into account?

Animator: Damien PERISSE, Director in charge of maritime affairs, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions  - CPMR

Keynote: overview of international regulations, by Frederick KENNEY, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization - IMO

Round table:

  • Hubert ARDILLON, President of the Confederation of European Shipmaster's Associations, CESMA
  • Philippe BOISSON, Legal Adviser, Bureau Veritas
  • José Manuel DIAZ PEREZ, Head of Unit Training programs and certifications, Centre Jovellanos, Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Maritima (Spain)
  • Michel FORTIN, Representative of the Corporation of Mid St-Lawrence Pilots, CMSLP (Québec, Canada)
  • Daniel LE DIREACH, Assistant ot the Maritime Prefect for the Atlantic, in charge of the State action at sea
  • Patrick RONDEAU, Head of Environment, Safety and Security for Armateurs de France


12.45 - 2.00 pm : Lunch break


2.00 - 3.10 pm

Round table n°2: ship-source accidental and operational pollution
Oil spills; chemicals in bulk, in hold, or as cargo; air pollutions; clean ships regarding emissions (SOx/NOx, ballast waters, CO2…). The ship and the marine environment : evolution of politics and tools dedicated to the protection and repair of the marine environment when endangered or damaged by phenomenons originating from maritime shipping...

Animator: Yann RABUTEAU, Réseau ALLEGANS

Keynote: Barbara SELLIER, Deputy Head of Unit Maritime Safety, Relations with the European Maritime Safety Agency, European Commission, DG MOVE

Round table:

  • Sophie BAHE, Director of the VIGIPOL joint association
  • Cécile BELLORD, Deputy delegate general, Armateurs de France
  • Julien HAY, Assistant professor, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Pauline MARCHAND, Senior Claims Coordinator, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation - ITOPF
  • Christophe ROUSSEAU, Deputy Director, CEDRE



 Session 2 : Evolution of the geographic context and maritime security - Record and new challenges (3.10 - 4.10 pm, 4.30 - 6.00 pm) 

The fight against piracy and illicit activities at sea mobilises significant human, material and financial resources. Since 2011, those involved in illicit actions and activities have adapted their practices to counter the responses already provided by the international community, and such activities now affect other geographical areas.

The issue is now being raised of privately mobilised responses to ensure ships, seafarers and goods are protected. The spread of offshore installations leads to questions about their security. Developing international cooperation and an appropriate humanitarian policy are fundamental in the face of the dramatic shipwrecks of illegal immigrants.

Session 2 reviews the progress in combating illicit activities and the new challenges to be met in view of the changing geostrategic context. Particular attention will be paid to cyber crime in maritime operations, an even greater threat now that ships and ports are connected.


Animator: Eric FRECON, Doctor, Department of Human Sciences, Naval Academy

Keynote: Lieutenant-colonel Barnabé WATIN-AUGOUARD, in charge of maritime security issues at the Secretariat General for the Sea


3.10 - 4.10 pm

Round table n°1: piracy and other non-traditional threats

Round table:

  • Dominique BALTMITGERE, Director of the Safety, Security and Environment department, CMA-CGM
  • Thierry HOUETTE, President of the Prorisk Group
  • Frederick KENNEY, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization - IMO
  • Jean-Michel KERGOAT, International expert in Maritime safety and Economic intelligence


4.10 - 4.30 pm : Coffee break


4.30 - 6.00 pm

Round table n°2: cybersecurity

Keynote: Vice-amiral Anne CULLERRE, deputy to the Chief of Staff of the French Navy for "naval airborne operations", cyberdefence authority of the French Navy, Navy headquarters

Round table:

  • Christophe CLARAMUNT, Director of the Research Institute of the French Naval Academy, and representative ofr the Research Chair in naval cyberdefence at the Naval Academy
  • Pierre KARLESKIND, Vice-president in charge of Europe, the sea and the coast, Britanny Regional Council
  • Emil A. MUCCIN, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Assistant Department Head "Maritime Business", Department of Marine Transportation, U. S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Guillaume PRIGENT, co-founder of Diateam
  • Contre-amiral Dominique RIBAN, deputy Director General , French Agency for the Safety of Information Systems - ANSSI
  • Rik VERHAEGEN, harbour Master-commander of the port of Antwerp (Belgium)



Eudes RIBLIER, president of the French Institute of the Sea


Serge SEGURA, Ambassador for the oceans, French Ministry of Foreign affairs and International development


Presentation by Denis BAILLY, commissary general of the MarCoPol Forum


6.45 - 9.00 pm: Drinks reception






 Introduction (09.00 - 09.30 am) 

Qualitative and forward analysis by Hervé MOULINIER, Vice-President of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique competitiveness cluster 

Quantitative analysis by Thomas du PAYRAT, Deputy Director, Cabinet Odyssée Développement


9.30 - 11.00 am

 Session 3 : Improving knowledge, monitoring and protection 

Knowledge of our marine environment is essential if we are to respond to current issues relating to maritime safety and security, environmental economy and protection (including coastal ecosystems) and the marine heritage. We need to acquire a vast amount of information if we are to make maritime and port activities safe, in terms of infrastructure and transport, at a time of major expansion, and if we are to use ocean resources sustainably.

The response has been to develop innovative operational services, such as those linked to remote sensing technologies. Although a vast array of information sources is now available, the number of services managing and using this data is still relatively small. Data interpretation sometimes lacks accuracy, particularly in applications to predict, prevent and manage crises. And yet these services do possess considerable potential and high added value (real time, observation capacity, etc.) in detecting, tracking and predicting in order to understand, prevent and intervene more effectively.

Session 3 will feature satellite data providers and proven and potential users, who will discuss the operational remote-sensing services available today, and the advantages and key challenges relating to them.


Animator: René GARELLO, Institute Mines-Telecom Bretagne, President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE-OES) and Director of the Scientific Interest Group GIS Bretel

Session organized by : Copernicus Regional Contact Office Bretagne , GIS Bretel, Télécom Bretagne and Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Keynotes: "Strategic context and examples of application at the scale of Brittany", by René GARELLO and "Copernicus seen through the operational lens", by Hervé JEANJEAN, French Centre for Spatial Studies - CNES

Round table:

  • Jean-François FILIPOT, in charge of the researches on the characterization of marine energy resources, France Energies Marines
  • Mathias HERBERTS, co-founder, Cityzen Data
  • Vincent KERBAOL, Director of radar applications and head of CLS Brest facilities
  • Loic LAISNE, Deputy Director, Marine Protected Areas Agency - AAMP
  • Yann LE MOAN, Senior Project Officer - SafeSeasNet, Unit Vessel Traffic and reporting service, European Maritime Safety Agency - EMSA
  • Thomas STRASSER, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG MARE


11.00 - 11.20 am : Coffee break

11.20 - 1.00 pm

 Session 4 : Routes and ships of the future in extreme zones 

The Arctic and Antarctic – both immense expanses of ice – do however have their own specific characteristics. Recently described as the “advanced guard of climate change” (L. Fabius and B. Brende, 17/03/15, Paris), the Arctic region is now accessible to human activity, and economic and geopolitical balances are shifting as a result.  

Current concerns focus too on the Polar Code, “the International Code for ships operating in polar waters”, drawn up by the IMO. Its section on safety and the SOLAS amendments were adopted in November 2014.  

In 2011, SAFER SEAS devoted a session to new Arctic maritime routes. Following on from this, Session 4 of the 2015 event will firstly address the development of the regulatory framework for the polar zones and the implications of this for navigation.

Secondly, given the general public’s increased awareness of the uniqueness and fragility of these regions, the session will focus on the development of polar tourism in particular. Maritime and coastal tourism is one of the five key sectors for Blue Growth as defined by the EU and the one which possesses the greatest added value in terms of generating revenue and creating employment.

The structure of the polar tourism products on offer raises questions concerning knowledge of the polar environment (bathymetry, iceberg detection, etc.) and passenger vessel safety.


Animators: Noémie GIGUERE, Executive Director, Technopole Maritime du Québec and Eric VANDENBROUCKE, Director, Technopôle Brest-Iroise

Keynote :  Francis ZACHARIAE, Secretary General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - IALA

Round table:

  • Anne CHOQUET, Professor, Brest Business School
  • Kim CROSBIE, Executive Director of the de International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators - IAATO
  • Michel EVEN, Director of operations, production and services of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department of the French Navy - SHOM, representative of the International Hydrographic Organization - IHO
  • Frederick KENNEY, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization - IMO
  • Martin KRAMP, Ship Coordinator, Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in situ Observations Programme Support Centre - JCOMMOPS
  • Alain RICHARD, Master Mariner, expert and associate, Innovation Maritime (Québec, Canada)


1.00 - 2.30 pm : Lunch break

2.30 - 4.00 pm

 Session 5 : Developing and managing port activities 

Ports are not just an interface for freight. Their development is shaped by complex phenomena associated with logistics and urban integration. Ports are becoming veritable toolkits designed to take advantage of the full potential of the sea.

The ports of the future are also subject to extreme weather conditions and rising water levels, both of which are intensifying as a result of climate change.

In addition, port spaces are often considered as potential terrorist targets and also, depending on circumstances, as interfaces between land and sea, offering direct and open access to their cities, populations and activities.  Issues such as the security of people and assets, industrial risks and health, regional attractiveness, tourism and urban and economic development come into play as well. In this respect, port cities and territories are the focus of shared, cross-wise concerns, touching on both safety and security, which must be reconciled. The development of future port locations will need to integrate all these aspects.

Session 5 is based, on the one hand, on the conclusions of the 2015 Port of the Future national conference – the "Assises du Port du futur" (Ports : a driving force for sustainability - The port as the achitect of the hinterland - Connecting the port - For an environment-friendly and energy-efficient port) – and the implications for maritime safety-related issues. Discussion will deal, on the other hand, with the security concerns of port cities. A key element will be sharing and comparing opinions and views based on the experience of diverse port locations around the world.


Animator: Patrick ANVROIN, Director in charge of transports, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions - CPMR

Session organized by: Centre of studies and expertise on risks, environment, mobility and planning - CEREMA, French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Keynote : conclusions of the “Assises du Port du futur” conference, by Philippe JOSCHT, Director of the Water, Sea and Rivers Department, CEREMA

Round table:

  • Jean-Philippe CASANOVA, President of the French Maritime Pilots Association-FFPM, Vice-president of the European Maritime Pilots Association - EMPA
  • Meriadec LE MOUILLOUR, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brest
  • Greta MARINI, International Development & Project Manager Port Center Network, Worldwide Network of Port Cities - AIVP
  • Timo ROSENBERG, deputy harbour Master-commander of Kiel Maritime Port (Germany)
  • Ulf SIWE, Communication Officer, Project Mona Lisa 2.0
  • Dinh Lan TRAN, Director General, Institute of Marine Environment and Resources-IMER

With the participation of Tuxpan (Mexico) port authorities.


Presentations by:

  • Frederick KENNEY, Director, Legal and External Affairs, OMI
  • Mathieu BELBEOCH, representative for the Executive Secretary of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
  • Pierre Jean COULON, president of the TEN Section, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Anthony BUCHANAN, 1st vice-president of the NAT commission, European Committee of Regions
  • Pierrick MASSIOT, President fo the Brittany Regional Council

"The Sea Tech events, towards the 2016 edition"


5.00 - 5.30 pm : Coffee break


5.00 - 6.30 pm On site visits

  • Visit of the high seas salvage tugboat Abeille Bourbon (40 pers.), in partnership with the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture.
  • Visit of the commercial port drydocks (DAMN Shiprepair) in partnership with the Brest Chamber of commerce and industry.
    Registrations at the Quartz's welcome desk, Wednesday 28th October, 8.45 - 12.00 am.


Safer Seas welcomes the Atlantic Stakeholders Conference! "Under the sign of Blue Growth and Atlantic overseas cooperation"

Meeting point scheduled on the forecourt of Le Quartz conference centre, bus shuttles departure starting at 18.30

7.00 - 7.40 pm, Amphitheatre Kerguelen

  • Céline LIRET, scientific director of Océanopolis
  • George FARRAH, Secretary General for Maritime Affairs (Québec) - presentation of Québec maritime strategy
  • Santiage MIGUELEZ, Minister in charge of Sciences, Technologies and Innovation of the Chubut province (Argentina) - presentation of the "Pampa Azul" strategy
  • Ramon VAN BARNEVELD, DG MARE, European Commission

Free visit of the tropical and polar wards, and reception.

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General programme (English)

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