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About this Master Class

As the maritime industry grows increasingly competitive, seaports and port facilities now more than ever turn to risk management, for opportunities to improve performance. Determining threats, vulnerabilities and consequences to personnel assets, operations and critical infrastructure are crucial to mitigate risk and improve performance.

Attend this half day Master Class where you will be updated on the latest threats and challenges. Share experiences with peers and discuss how to increase your maritime awareness.

Benefits of attending

  • Enhance your security through greater maritime domain awareness
  • Look beyond ISPS Code and develop more resilience to your ports trade in the event of an incident
  • Improve your ability to resume trade in the event of a serious incident

Who should attend?

  • Maritime Security Contractors
  • Port Facility Security Officers
  • Emergency Response Planners
  • Port Operations Managers
  • Civil Responders
  • Port Business Continuity Managers
  • Intelligence Units
  • Port Authorities

About your Master Class Leaders

David Eydes is a Maritime Risk Consultant for ABS Consulting International Ports Team.  He was formerly an officer in a British military counter terrorist unit which had responsibility for assessing, advising and assisting UK partner countries in addressing their maritime security issues.

Since joining ABS Consulting, David has been responsible conducting audits of Ports for ISPS compliance and their specific security needs, and assisting them to develop appropriate security plans.  He has also has been integral to the development of the U.S. Coast Guard's Inland Waterway Maritime Security System.

David is also responsible for the development and delivery of ABS Consulting’s UK Department for Transport accredited maritime security training.

Johnny Franklin is a principle member of ABS Consulting's Security Risk Section.  A military successful career, an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management and being a Member of Business Continuity Institute provide him with a detailed understanding and experience of the issues associated with security risk and crisis management. 

This, combined with ABS Consulting's worldwide maritime pedigree and experience, has allowed Johnny to offer services that assist ports with their resilience and to implement best practices to ensure that the port suffers minimal interruption in the event of an incident of any kind.

In association with:

ABS Consulting is a leading global risk management company, combining industry specialists, risk modelling, practical engineering and technology solutions to help business, finance, industry and government manage risk. Through a comprehensive and integrated risk management approach, ABS Consulting is committed to helping clients reduce business interruption and manage catastrophic, operational, and security risks.

ABS Consulting’s parent company, The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), began its legacy of safety in the maritime industry in 1862. Headquartered in Houston, ABS and its affiliated companies have a presence in over 90 countries providing safety and security risk management services and solutions to clients throughout the world.

Masterclass programme

12:30 Registration & Coffee

13:00 Overview of the current and predominant maritime threats to a facility

13:30 Improving Security and Incident Response through greater Maritime Domain Awareness

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Resiliency Planning

16:00 Trade Resumption

16:30 Interactive Question and Answer Session

17:00 End of Masterclass


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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