Maritime Industry Safety Forum 2023

V Maritime Industry Safety organized by the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and the PZU Group was devoted to the subject of safety in the maritime economy, both the safety of critical infrastructure and technological innovations at sea. Representatives of the business world, clasters and enterprises representing offshore industries met on March 7, 2023.

Participants, speakers and listeners were welcomed by: Przemysław Sztandera – President of the Management Board, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and Dr. Dariusz Gołębiewski – President of the Management Board, PZU LAB SA.

During the Maritime Industry Safety Forum, the ceremony of awarding the “Security Leader in the Maritime Industry” awards was held. Its winners were PŻB Offshore, Unitest Marine Simulators Ltd and the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Cyberattacks on shipping, seaports, offshore installations, production processes, and armed forces have become commonplace. IT and physical protection of critical infrastructure is necessary with the use of state-of-the-art tools and technologies, including quantum technologies. It is important to quickly introduce legal regulations regarding the protection of IT systems. However, the employees’ common sense is of particular importance, according to the presentation and discussion during the Maritime Industry Safety Forum in Gdańsk.
– Ensuring cyber security is extremely important, especially in the context of what we are seeing after Russia’s attack on Ukraine. They attack both military facilities and civilians, constantly destroying also critical infrastructure – emphasized Przemysław Sztandera, President of the Management Board of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, justifying the organization of the Forum and its subject matter.
– Safety in maritime industries is such an important issue that it is necessary to define a map of risks. The point is to identify the risk map and determine how to protect yourself against these risks. It is very important for the security of our country – said Przemysław Sztandera opening the Forum.

One of the most dynamically developing areas of application of quantum technologies is cybersecurity. Data sent and encrypted using this technology have guaranteed security – breaking quantum security is currently not possible even using another quantum computer.

This year’s edition of the Maritime Industry Safety Forum began with a presentation by a special guest – Prof. Marek Żukowski, Director of the International Center for Theory of Quantum Technologies at the University of Gdańsk (ICTQT). He has been cooperating for 30 years (1991) with the Nobel Prize winner prof. Zeilinger. He is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Gdańsk, a top-class expert in issues related to the fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics and quantum information. Prof. In his lecture, Żukowski introduced the subject of quantum cybersecurity.