The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) is planning its next Plenary meeting, which will take place in Singapore during the period 12-14 April 2011 inclusive.

The ICPC has recently widened its membership criteria to include Governments with the objective of enhancing cooperation to protect a key component of the World’s critical infrastructure. In recognition of this development, the theme of this Plenary meeting will be:

Government & Industry working together: Enhancing the security of submarine cables

The Executive Committee (EC) therefore seeks presentations from interested parties that address the importance and challenges of protecting submarine cables. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal and regulatory challenges & solutions (e.g. renewable energy, marine spatial planning)
  • Strategic and economic impacts of submarine cable failures (national and/or global level)
  • Working with international organisations to improve cable protection
  • Recognising and reducing the risk from natural hazards
  • Recognising and reducing the risk from man-made hazards (e.g. anchors, permit delays etc.)
  • Emerging technologies & concepts for cable protection (e.g. AIS, VMS etc.)

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2011 – please see attachment for further information.