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In the Harbour

Ports are critical pieces of national infrastructure, enabling the flow of goods in and out of a country. They are also prime targets, both in times of war and of peace. Ensuring their ongoing smooth operation requires advanced technological solutions and close cooperation between civilian authorities and the military.

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Strength through cooperation

Keeping Baltic Sea ports open is crucial for the smooth operation of the societies they serve.

In these episodes of Shielding the Baltic Sea, Naval and Maritime Security Expert Dr Sebastian Bruns says having navy bases located close to commercial ports sends out powerful messages. “Navy ships coming into a port signals deterrence,” he says. “It also signals a resolute defence, both to the population that sees the warships and the naval assets in the in the port, as well as to a potential enemy.”

Johan Dahlman, Security Manager with Ports of Stockholm, says it’s also important for ports to take a proactive approach to their own security.

“The biggest security threats that harbours face today, I would say, are IT cyber-attacks, intelligence threats, and smuggling and stealth.”
Johan Dahlman, Security Manager, Ports of Stockholm.

“Ports of Stockholm has over the years both developed and expanded the use of technical equipment for the protection of our harbour facilities. For example, we have surveillance by a traffic control centre which is open 24/7, year-round, manned by our own personnel. We also have close cooperation with other Swedish ports around developing and applying best practice.”

Angelica Persson, Business Development Analyst at Saab, says an advanced combat management system can play a pivotal role in port protection, making sense of a diverse range of sensors and inputs. “A combat management system brings together computer processes and presents them to a decisionmaker so that they can do their job,” she says. “We have long worked to optimise the foundations needed for decisionmakers to be able to operate at this increased level of conflict.”

Angelica Persson, Business Development Analyst at Saab
Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Naval and Maritime Security Expert

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