Abstracts for posters accepted for presentation can be viewed below.
Submissions from previous conferences can be viewed on the 2014 Posters page.

ET2014-0392-11 Delegates at the Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) conference in the Palm Court at the Empress Hotel, 8 October 2014. The sixth iteration of the successful MSC conference, hosted by the Navy League of Canada at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. from 6 to 9 October 2014, addresses issues involving naval and maritime activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Image by Cpl Blaine Sewell, MARPAC Imaging ServicesPoster Presentation

Maritime Security Challenges 2016 will allow attendees to exhibit posters at the conference. A poster is a display through which attendees may present their research and ideas for MSC16 delegates to review and provides an opportunity for discussion with the presenter.  Guidelines for posters may be found below.

Submission of Posters

Those interested in exhibiting a poster at Maritime Security Challenges 2016 are requested to submit an Abstract of their presentation for review.

To submit a poster abstract, you will first need to Create a User Profile.

Once you have created your account, you can Submit Your Poster Abstract.

If you forget your password, you can click here and enter your username or email address to reset your login details.

Poster Themes

Poster Abstract submissions are invited along the following MSC16 themes:

  • Theme A: Challenges in the Regional Maritime Environment
  • Theme B: The Creation of Comprehensive Maritime Strategies
  • Theme C: Renewing Maritime Capabilities: Politics, People, Platforms, and Systems
  • Theme D: Opportunities for Maritime Security Cooperation
  • Theme E: The Game-Changers: Technological Advancements in the Maritime Domain
  • Theme F: The Future of Arctic Shipping and Operations
  • Theme G: The Future of Navies and Seapower

For further details on these themes, please visit the program page. We encourage submissions to relate to these issue areas, though we also welcome submissions that highlight new ways of looking at all facets of maritime security.

Submission Criteria

  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • Use standard abbreviations and symbols and define each abbreviation when it is used for the first time.
  • Please check your abstract carefully; it will be published as submitted.
  • You may only be a presenting author on a maximum of one paper; there is no limit on co-authorship.
  • All abstract submissions must be made through our easy-to-use online submission tool.

Preparing your poster for submission

  • Select a Poster Theme that most closely describes your ideas
  • Prepare to enter all authors (lead and additional) names complete with their affiliation/organization name and email address
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225 character limit)
  • Prepare the abstract text (max 1600 character limit)
  • Prepare an associated image file with the abstract (optional)
  • Submit the abstract via MSC16’s online submission tool in the appropriate text box. Please note: when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (i.e. notepad, wordpad, textedit et al.) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors.

Guidelines for poster layout

  • You will be provided with a maximum surface area of 3.75′ x 3.75′ (114 cm x 114 cm) to display your poster. Posters can not exceed this size.
  • Push pins will be provided for you to affix your poster to the display board.
  • You may hand out information sheets to those viewing your poster.
  • Poster material must be prepared in advance and should be large enough to be viewed from a distance of approximately 3′ (1 m) or more.
  • Each poster must have a top label indicating the title of the paper, the names of the authors and their affiliations. The size of the characters for the title should be at least one inch high.
  • Keep illustrative material simple. Charts, drawings and illustrations may be similar to those used in making slides – preferably with bolder, heavier figures. These materials should be mounted on fairly stiff paper – but NOT heavy cardboard.
  • “Introduction” and “Conclusion” sections are usually helpful.
  • When feasible, use graphs for demonstrating qualitative relationships, tables of precise numerical values.
  • If used, photographs should be in a matte finish, not glossy.
  • Do not fold posters; roll and carry them in an appropriate container.
  • Do not mail poster presentations in advance; bring them with you to the Meeting.
  • Meeting staff will be present to assist you during the poster set up times
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the author(s). Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of by meeting staff.

For more information on submitting a poster, please contact msc@podiumconferences.com.

Posters accepted for presentation at MSC16:


MSC16 Theme: The Creation of Comprehensive Maritime Strategies

Author: Timothy Choi – Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Although maritime strategy literature has advanced much to incorporate 21st century dynamics, the role of ports within them has been much neglected relative to other seapower constituents. The Canadian Arctic provides an opportunity to explore how ports can be incorporated into a modern maritime strategy. Climate change continues to expose the North’s maritime realm to more commercial, military, and illicit seaborne traffic. Although some scholars expect competition over Arctic access and resources to result in greater friction and even military conflict, others predict a cooperative regime based upon a shared commitment to following the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In the former scenario, the strategic role of ports would echo that of traditional literature – sustaining power projection by armed naval forces as advocated by naval strategist A.T. Mahan; should the latter case take place, however, ports may acquire strategic significance of the “Post-Mahanian” variety introduced by Geoffrey Till. In this latter context, countries with better developed and greater numbers of well-placed ports could play a larger soft power role in the coming decades by supporting maritime security operations like Search and Rescue and environmental protection. Such improved Arctic port facilities, by enabling “soft” capabilities as well as hard power, will increase Canada’s negotiating position when facing the region’s resource and boundary disputes.


MSC16 Themes: The Emergence and Implication of Game-changing Technologies

Authors: Dr. Peter Dobias & Ms. Cheryl Eisler

Future military capability planning does not happen in a vacuum, but is influenced by a wide range of external factors such as defence policy, public opinion, economic considerations, regional pressures, geopolitical situation, technology changes, and so on. which can lead to uncertainty in planning. There is one particular area where any notion of rigorous analysis apart from wargames fail, and that is when sudden disruptions happen to the system; a particularly interesting example of such disruptions is future technology advancements. While it is impossible to forecast the exact nature of future disruptions, it can be reasonably expected that they will occur. Because of the limited predictability of these future events, there are only limited means of studying disruptions in a rigorous manner. Traditionally, a set of scenarios is used to represent the potential future operational or tactical environment. A variety of wargame approaches (scenario analysis, turn-based two-, or multi-side table top games, or matrix games) can then be used to identify requirements, capability gaps, possible mitigation options, compare capabilities, or to validate operational concepts, or future operational and tactical plans. This paper discusses how table-top wargames, ranging from relatively simple games all the way to multi-stage games, such as the DRDC-developed approach called Methodology for Assessing Disruptions (MAD), could assist in future naval capability mix analysis within the paradigm of complex adaptive systems, thus considering issues like disruptions and emergent behaviour.

Mr. Yasin Zehir

The Gulf of Guinea has become the world’s latest hotspot for piracy attacks. Just a few years ago the most dangerous waters in the world were off the coast of Somalia, but now the waters off the coast of Nigeria have become more dangerous. Additionally, the region is now regarded as one of the world’s top oil and gas exploration sites, making it an attractive target. Over the last few years, Gulf of Guinea piracy has escalated to become a regional problem: recent incidents have stretched all the way from Côte d’Ivoire to Angola. In this study, the impact of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and importance of protecting critical trade routes via multinational operational agreements are discussed.

Gökhan AKGÜN, Turkish Naval War College

Migration history is as old as human history. Since the beginning of mankind, more people have migrated to places that can provide a comfortable living space for them, can afford their basic needs such as food, beverage and shelter, and also provide them safety. With the emerging of the modern state, people have been forced to seek asylum in other countries due to compulsory reasons. The European Union which is at the center of asylum applications has changed its migration policy from “open door” to “closed door” especially since 1973. This political change has led people to look for illegal ways to go there. It also encouraged new routes of transport from the country of origin to the destination country. This illegal transport route has complicated the sea control and has enabled some illegal organizations such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism to activate easily.