Protecting Maritime Borders From COVID-19

Webinar: Actionable Insights and Discussion

On Demand - 60 Minutes

The fight to stop coronavirus spreading is a global challenge. While attention initially focused on airports, it’s now turning to the world’s other main entry point: ports. Around 90% of world trade is transported by sea. Unlike air traffic, nations can’t simply shut down their ports if they want to stay open for business. 

In this webinar, we will explore strategic and tactical measures for controlling the flow of people through maritime borders, and how technology can help strike that delicate balance between protecting national health and maintaining economic stability. 

You will hear from experts on:

  • Proactively controlling borders in times of crisis
  • Analyzing risks as the global situation evolves
  • Clearing trade as quickly and efficiently as possible, by pinpointing cases where further investigation is needed

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Who is this for?

This webinar is for professionals involved in shaping governmental and international responses to different aspects of shipping and trade in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

These include government authorities, border protection agencies, marine insurers, shipping companies, oil and energy companies, technology companies, NGOs, academy and think tanks.

  • Border Protection Agencies

  • Shipping Companies

  • Marine Insurers
  • Maritime Authorities

  • Ministries of Transportation

  • Supply-Chain Professionals



Peter Sand

Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

Peter Sand is responsible for analysing commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Using the global economy as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists management, members and clients with insight into different aspects of the global shipping industry. Prior to his career in BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S NORDEN. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.




BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with around 1,900 members in more than 120 countries. BIMCO’s global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.



Guy Platten

Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping

Guy Platten is the Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Guy has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore, and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited, and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board.




The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades. 

Elisabeth Braw

Elisabeth Braw

Senior Research Fellow, Modern Deterrence Project

Elisabeth Braw directs RUSI's Modern Deterrence project, which focuses on how governments, business and civil society can work together to strengthen countries' defence against existing and emerging threats. Prior to RUSI, she worked at Control Risks following a career as a journalist where she reported from the United States, Germany, Italy and other countries. She remains a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Times and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, focusing on European defence and security, and frequently speaks at conferences.

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The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research.

Founded in 1831, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.

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James Valentine

Commander, United States Coast Guard (Retired)

James Valentine is a retired Coast Guard officer with over 20 years of experience in maritime data and analysis. He has held positions overseeing vessel and passenger screening procedures, including during the Ebola Outbreak of 2014. 


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The mission of the U.S. Coast Guard is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests — in the nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

Jason Greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt

Former Assistant to the 45th President of the USA and Special Envoy to the Middle East

Among his first acts, President Trump appointed his long-time advisor and then-chief Legal Officer Jason Greenblatt as an Assistant to the President and the White House Special Envoy to the Middle East. In this role, Greenblatt served as one of the chief architects of the “Peace To Prosperity” plan.

Prior to joining the White House, Jason spent 20 years in senior positions at The Trump Organization. At the end of February, Jason became a partner at OurCrowd, the world's largest equity crowdfunding platform, where he will focus on creating what he calls a Middle East 2.0, building economic bridges between Israel and its Arab neighbours."


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