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By Remus Zăgan, Constanta Maritime University

Between 12-14 July Constanta Maritime University organised an ‘annual week event’. During this event cybersecurity experts from all over the world met to network, discuss and outline joint actions on maritime affairs and secure the blue economy. The conference was held together with the European Security and Defence College in Constanta, Romania.

Because nearly all participants already arrived on Sunday, the meeting could take two full days which gave the partners enough time to discuss all issues that were on the agenda. Before the meeting all partners had received an extensive agenda including some home work that needed to be prepared before the meeting.

The meeting was focused on a number of elements related to the Strategy document for the Maritime transport sector that currently is under development. The Monday morning session involved a brainstorm in separate working groups concerning future scenarios for Maritime Transport. NTNU who had prepared the session, challenged the participants to use their imagination to formulate long-term scenarios for the sector including their views regarding the probability for the scenarios to occur. The results of the working groups showed much enthusiasm for the development of future scenarios and will be an important contribution to this part of the strategy document.

Image black sea cyber security conferenceIn this context, Cornel Panait, President of Senate and Project Manager from Constanta Maritime University, partner in the SkillSea project, in the opening conference presented the Erasmus+ Project SkillSea focusing on the structure and key objectives of the project and illustrating the development and state of the art of each work package. This occasion has been also a great opportunity to promote SkillSea progress on fostering digital, cyber security, green, and soft management skills in the rapidly changing maritime labor market.

In parallel with the conference CMU also hosted a Cyber ETEE Summer School (strategic/tactical/ technical level), and these events have been selected by the European Security and Defence College as an associated event of the Black Sea Cyber Security Conference.

During the conference, Remus Zăgan and Gabriel Raicu presented the paper with the title “Europe’s maritime professionals possess key Digital – Maritime Cyber-Security, Green and Soft Management Skills”, through which he highlighted the results of the SkillSea project with an emphasis on the development of learning modules related to digitization and cyber security in the maritime field.

The event represented an important opportunity to raise awareness regarding cybersecurity in maritime field at the presence of different actors operating in the blue economy sector, as MET providers, key stakeholders, cybersecurity’s experts, European Commission and Maritime and Port Authorities and National Authorities

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Erasmus+ programme under grant agreement 2018 – 3387/ 001- 001 (Project number 601186)

"The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein".

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