Michael Stein



Stein Maritime Consulting, Germany

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Michael Stein obtained a vocational education as shipping agent followed by a B.Sc. in Shipping, Trade & Transport (London Metropolitan University) and a M.Sc. in Management with regard to maritime & international logistics (Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg and Center for Maritime Economics & Logistics, Rotterdam). His initial working experiences were gathered in a shipping company a classification society and among consultancy projects in shipping finance and maritime logistics. Michael Stein spend the last 3 years as a team leader in the business development department of a German security company, building up UAV/ROV service structures for the maritime market. Since October 2018 he is self-employed as a consultant for port security, UAV/ROV services and maritime innovations and also has the status of researcher at the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping & Global Logistics (CSGL) in Hamburg. He is also manager of a company conducting UAV inspections of sensible infrastructures and runs the blog maritime-innovation.net, where he combines current and future topics of business and research for the maritime domain.


The presentation provides a survey of actions undertaken in the year 2018 to integrate drones in standard procedure operations within port facilities to enhance safety and security. The presentation will briefly summarize the legal background of port safety and security and briefly introduce frameworks by Stein (2018) to implement unmanned technologies in these areas. The presentation’s orientation is two folded. On the one hand it shows how drones are already used in action for more than one year within sensible infrastructures, while on the other hand current research on future topics and possibilities will be introduced. Among those topics lay the 3D mapping of sensible infrastructures, the combination of drone mapping and human behavior simulation for evacuation and training, autonomous inspections flights of moving infrastructures, the combination of drone footage and inspection software environments, the creation of pattern recognition algorithms in UAV videos etc. The presentation will shed light on best practice experiences of drone operations under the aspect of current and upcoming regulations. It will, however, respectfully criticize the slow and not uniform attempts of European authorities and regulatory bodies from the perspective of a self-employed German drone pilot. It argues that business growth potentials in Europe are hindered or even put to hold given the ongoing discussions among authorities and the often limited knowledge of the industry. It is the intention of the presenter to have a vital discussion among authorities and operators while also presenting attempts of clearing the path from an operational aspect.

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