The participants will pay a visit to the Ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam where they delve into the cyber security issues of port operations and the ship-port interface.

The three participants issued a joint statement according to which the shipping industry is of a great importance for trade and transportation.

Maritime cyber security is a necessity to keep our people, ports, cargo, and ships safe and secure.

Given the direct connectivity of cyberspace and inter-connectivity amongst the international maritime transportation system, it is important to implement an international cooperation to keep the maritime sector digitally secure and promote economic opportunities.

The cyber security remains a critical challenge for the sector there have been flare-ups over the last two years, as specifically in mid-2017, the industry was shaken by a major cyber-attack against Maersk and many more that followed.

Moreover, those participating in the event committed to increasing cooperative engagements in the following areas of maritime cybersecurity: awareness raising, information sharing and risk management.

The US delegation consisted of cyber and maritime experts from the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The Dutch delegation included cyber and maritime experts from the National Cyber Security Centre of the Netherlands, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of October 03, 2019 Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rijkswaterstaat and the Coast Guard.

The Danish delegation was comprised of representatives from the Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish Centre for Cyber Security and the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority. Representatives from France, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom also participated in the event.