In the aftermath of the disastrous events of September 11, 2001 the international shipping community has put focus on the ship/port interface by introducing the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

But the ship/port interface as the point, where a ship is directly and immediately affected by actions involving the movement of persons, goods or the provisions of port services to or from the ship, is not only of interest from a security point of view. Aspects such as number and quality of available workforces, health and social conditions of work, reasons for and prevention of incidents and accidents are just a few additional topics which are of common interest to both parties of the ship/port interface.

It is the intention of the 1st International Ship Port Interface Conference (ISPIC 2008) to provide answers to the entire maritime industry on how to ensure through a human being centred work philosophy safe, secure and efficient future operation at the ship/port interface.

Besides paper presentations by experts from all over the world, having experience with all kinds of different transportation systems, a technical exhibition will be arranged in order to provide a range of information on the scope of the conference as diversified as possible to the delegates of this special meeting.

Technological Aspects
• Port and Terminal Developments
• New Concepts for Mass Evacuations
• Ergonomic Design of IT-Applications
• Large Ships and High Speed Crafts

Operational Aspects
• Quality Management
• Workload, Shift Work, Stress, Fatigue
• Emergency Preparedness
• Communicative Structures

Personnel Aspects
• Recruitment and Selection of Staff
• Training and Education of Staff
• Leadership and Team Management Skills
• Coping with Traumatic Stress

Legal and Administrative Aspects
• ILO Maritime Labour Convention
• ISPS Code and State Control Systems
• Safe Manning Policy
• Training Requirements for Staff

General Aspects
• Economic Effects of Breakdowns
• Application of Systemic Approach
• Human Being Centred Work Philosophy
• Promotion of a Blame Free Work Culture