Maritime Security Conference Nov. 10

Maritime Security Conference Nov. 10

Join us Nov. 10 for a day of discussion about the changing world of maritime security. 

The conference is free, but registration is recommended. Register here. It will be in the Maritime Academic Center.

Conference agenda:

8 a.m.: Registration and breakfast

9 a.m.: Conference welcome 

Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, SUNY Maritime president

Joe Hoffman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs

9:30 a.m.: Howard Fireman, senior vice president and CTO, American Bureau of Shipping - Risk Engineering: System Engineering answer to Technology Developments in a Cyber-Enabled World

In his role at ABS, Fireman is responsible for directing the society's technology resources and overseeing rule development initiatives, including their strategic alignment with ABS operating divisions. He leads the Asset Performance Management, and Operational and Environmental Performance teams in helping clients meet environmental regulatory requirements and assessing the operational performance, energy efficiency and fuel consumption of new and existing vessel designs.

10:30 a.m.: Panel Discussion: Piracy Today

​Capt. Steven Werse '79, international secretary-treasurer, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Werse was elected as MM&P's international secretary-treasurer in 2012. Previously, he served as the organization's Atlantic Ports Vice President. He has represented the organizaion before Congress and served as its spokesman. In his current role, he is responsible to form labor policy, oversee industrial labor relations, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, enforce contracts and maintain the organization's financial viability. He has 31 years at sea, serving on container vessels and break bulk ships, among others. He sailed as master with Central Gulf Lines/Waterman Steamship Corp. for more than 20 years.

Capt. Richard Phillips, author and member of International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Phillips gained international attention in 2009 when he was captured by Somali pirates on the Maersk Alabama. Though the pirates never took control of the container ship, Phillips, already a hostage, offered to get them off the vessel in one of the Alabama's lifeboats. When the pirates refused to let him go, the Navy began negotiations and eventually shot the pirates holding him hostage. Phillips is author of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea."

Capt. Klaus Luhta, vice president of Gulf Ports, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Luhta was elected to his role with MM&P in 2016. Previously, he was the chief of staff to the organization's president. He sailed for 10 years on commercial cargo vessls before coming ashore to practice maritime law. He is a delegate at the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization. In both roles, he is an advocate for seafarers' rights. Luhta is an expert on IMO standards, maritime law, navigational rules and regulations, strategic and operational security, counter-piracy to mitigate risks, safety of life at sea and longshore operations. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

11:45 a.m.: Break for Lunch

1 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Dealing with Trojan Horses in the Maritime Sector

This panel will focus on Trojan horses in the maritime sector, specifically security threats and vulnerabilities that go undetected.

Marie-Helen Maras, associate professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Author of four books about cybersecurity and terrorism, Maras worked as a Navy law enforcement specialist and command investigator for seven years. She has degrees from the University of Maryland University College, the University of New Haven and the University of Oxford.

Lauren Shapiro, associate professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Shapiro has written articles and chapters about the role of stereotypes in memory for crime and witness testimony and has worked as a consultant for the Bronx District Attorney's office; the Lyon County, Kansas, sheriff's department; the Emporia, Kansas, sheriff's department and the Administration for Children's Services in the Bronx and Manhattan. She has degrees from the University of Buffalo, Ohio University, Indiana University and Rutgers University.

Robert Till, associate professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Till's research focuses on fire protection for large infrastructure projects and the simulation of fire department operations. He is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and a special expert member of the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems Committee.

Hung-Lung Wei, assistant professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Wei's research interests include emergency management for technological and natural hazards; risk perception and communication; protective actions; evacuation; social vulnerability; public health; and sustainability. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas A&M University.

Lucia Velotti, assistant professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Velotti has conducted fieldwork and research in disaster-affected areas including Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands and Italy. She holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Delaware and the University of Salerno, Italy.

Susan Pickman, faculty advisor and staff officer, John Jay U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program

Pickman has worked as a police officer, civil and criminal investigator, and manager of professional standards for Orange County, Florida, responsible for managing a $40 million budget. She is a certified fraud examiner, licensed private investigator and a court-qualified expert witness.

2:15 p.m.: Panel: Vulnerabilities of New York Harbor

Capt. Joseph Ahlstrom, professor of Marine Transportation, SUNY Maritime College

Capt. Darin Alilio, Spirit

Capt. Brian DeForest, Atlantic Salt

Capt. Tom Lisewinski, New York Water Taxi

Capt. Thomas Morkan, deputy sector commander for Sector New York

Morkan leads more than 700 active-duty personnel, 75 civilian employees, 300 reservists and 2,000 auxiliary members, all of whom are responsible for ensuring the safety, security and stewardship of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and the Hudson River. Morkan enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1991 and received his commission in 1993. He has degrees from Saint Anselm College and Florida State University.

Capt. Richard Paine, regional director of HSSQU for Hornblower East Coast Operations

3:15 p.m.: Maritime Security: Managing Commercial Risks

Kalliopi Michalopoulou, claims and insurance director, TBS Shipping Services

In her role at TBS Shipping, Michalapoulou is in charge of all insurance claims for the dry bulk carrier's fleet, which consists of supramax and handymax bulk carriers and additional chartered vessels. At any given time, the company has about 30 vessels in service. Michalapoulou has been with the company for more than a decade and has degrees from SUNY Maritime and London Metropolitan University.

4 p.m.: Program concludes