Interview with Port of London Authority

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SMi’s 5th annual International Port Security conference takes place on the 4th and 5th June 2014, London, UK

International Port Security

International Port Security

In the run up to the 5th annual International Port Security event, SMi Group are proud to present their keynote speaker, Commander David Phillips, Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority who has taken the time out of his busy schedule to give us his view on this year's conference, challenges facing the industry and the future of port security.

Snippet of Interview:

Q. About you – what is your role and current activities, generally speaking?

I am the Chief Harbour Master at the Port of London Authority and so responsible under the terms of the Port of London Act (an Act of Parliament) and the Port Marine Safety Code for managing the safe navigation of all vessels, both commercial and recreational along the 95 miles of the tidal River Thames, which is home also to the 2nd largest port by volume traded in the United Kingdom.

Q. What is the value/strength of this year’s conference?

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.

To read the full interview, please click here to visit the download centre.

The highly anticipated International Port Security 2014 conference is a must attend event for port security professionals looking to network with international ports and examine the latest challenges facing the industry.

With the £100 early bird expiring 30th April, you can secure your place by visiting:

Hear key international presentations from the following organisations:

  •     Port of London Authority
  •     Portugese Navy
  •     Port of Hamburg
  •     Port of Santos, Brasil
  •     Los Angeles Port Police
  •     Port of Dover
  •     Saudi Ports Authority
  •     Port Of Gothenburg
  •     Port of Antwerp
  •     International Maritime Organisation
  •     NATO Shipping Centre, Maritime Command Northwood
  •     EU Commission

Click here to view the full programme details on all speakers and presentations

Please visit the website or contact James Hitchen on: +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email for further information.


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