6 - 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 - KIEL
The international forum
for tackling the challenges of
offshore munition clearance
Millions of tons of munition are rusting at the bottom of the world’s oceans. Let’s start and put our shared knowledge into action to make the seas munition free
About
Explosive remnants of war and military activity endanger the environment, shipping, marine infrastructure, and human safety around the world. Meeting these challenges will require large-scale efforts by all stakeholders over the next decades. The Kiel Munition Clearance Week wants to inform and propel these efforts by creating a shared perspective on the challenge that will bring together the latest scientific research, industry best practice, navy expertise, technical innovation as well as economic and political considerations.
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Topics
The event addresses the whole spectra of pressing issues in legacy munition clearance. Through panel debates, technology showcases and roundtables it will cover the following topics:
The State of Research
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The State of Research
For over 70 years dumped munitions have been corroding off many coasts of Europe and the world. Through international projects and by collecting their own data research institutes want to provide clarity about the extent of the problem to be able to propose steps for mitigation. Getting a shared perspective on the current research environment, on the different projects that aim to identify where the munitions are located and what the consequences of leaking toxins are, is crucial for finding a solution to the problem.
2
Environmental & Societal Impacts
Decades after the Second World War unexploded ordnances and mass dumped munitions are still lying rusting away in the oceans. In sea water munitions, including chemical weapons, break open over time and release their toxic content into the environment. Research shows that fish and shellfish in the direct surroundings of the munitions ingest these toxic substances, such as TNT, and thus they can enter the food chain. It is therefore crucial to figure out the impact(s) of dumped munitions on the environment, food security and coastal communities.
Environmental & Societal Impacts
Legal Aspects
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Legal Aspects
An international effort in large-scale clearing is necessary to protect the marine environment and communities that depend on the sea from the dangers of legacy munitions. The need for remediation raises the question of responsibility. This issue is not easily resolved, and the views taken on the obligations stemming from dumped munitions and the status of scuttered naval vessels varies from stakeholder to stakeholder. To resolve and avoid disputes between costal states, reliable and recognized legal expertise is critical to balance the emotional aspects and moral considerations connected to the protection of the marine environment and human security.
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Detection & Identification Technologies
Some dumping grounds are well known. Others are not. How do we find dumped munitions in the seas and oceans? For detection and identification of dumped munitions and UXOs, many different technologies are being used. Sonar data, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles help experts to detect and identify objects to be able to begin their disposal. What are the various technologies and their potential applications? How is artificial intelligence be used in this field?
Detection & Identification Technologies
Remediation Solutions
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Remediation Solutions
In addition to sea mines dumped munitions are repeatedly identified while surveying the sea floor in context of offshore construction work. The neutralisation of munitions is very complex and can be dangerous. Specialized companies and the military always try to recover the munitions. Sometimes however, controlled detonation is the only way. Fortunately, there are various techniques available today to reduce the impact on wildlife like deflagration or bubble curtains. What are the latest innovations that could be used to master large-scale clearance?
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Stakeholder Roles & Responsibilities
Different stakeholders are needed to address the pressing problem of dumped munitions in our oceans, a fact that has been recently reiterated by the European Parliament & Council. If we are serious about tackling this problem each stakeholder needs to ask themselves what support they can lend to advance large-scale clearing. That is at the local, state, national and supra-national level. Since our oceans know no boundaries, the importance of international cooperation and thereby international organisations in addressing this issue is obvious.
Stakeholder Roles & Responsibilities
Economic Opportunities
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Economic Opportunities
Dumped munitions and unexploded ordonnances (UXOs) pose a significant threat to the maritime ecosystems and coastal communities. Reality shows that they also hinder the development of maritime infrastructures such as wind turbines, port and lock facilities, tunnels, pipelines, and cable projects already today. Clearing our seas will require large investments, so let’s take a look at the potential economic upside from large-scale clearing.
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Funding Options
Today, no one disputes that oceans free from dumped munitions and UXOs would be a desirable state which could have far reaching benefits including economically. However, detection and disposal operations, even if automated and improved do incur a considerable cost. Undeterred from this the Baltic Sea Parliamentarian Conference made some valuable recommendation how funding could be organized to begin this process in the Baltic Sea. Also, in the most recent developments the European Union as well as the German government seem to be taking up this idea and are pushing for a solution to the problem. This will be our starting point to enquire how large-scale clearance operations could be sustainably funded in the future.
Funding Options
Speakers
Jan Philipp Albrecht
Minister at Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization
Dr. Aaron J. Beck
Senior Scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Prof. Jacek Bełdowski
Head of Laboratory at Institute of Oceanology PAS
Sebastian Blumenthal
CEO at Ocean Metrics GmbH
Norbert Brackmann, MdB
Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Dr. David Bradley
Program Manager for the Munitions Response Program at SERDP & ESTCP
Dr. Bernd Buchholz
Minister at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism Schleswig-Holstein
Dr. Fabrizio Costantino
Senior Consultant at ICF International
Nele Dageförde
CEO at TransMarTech S-H GmbH
Grant Dawson
PhD Candidate at University of Groningen, Faculty of Law
Wim De Klerk
Senior Scientist & Senior Business Developer at TNO - Defense Safety and Security
Dr. Kendra Dupuy
Senior Advisor, Environment at Norwegian People's Aid
Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr
President at Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Cdr Thorsten Grabsch
Staff Officer Standing NATO Mine Counter Measure Groups at Allied Maritime Command
Prof. Dr. Jens Greinert
Head of DeepSea Monitoring Group at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre For Ocean Research Kiel
Dieter Guldin
COO at SeaTerra GmbH
Daniel Günther
Minister-President at Land Schleswig-Holstein
Dr. Joachim Harms
Head of Marine and Maritime Research, Geosciences, Shipping (MGS) at Research Center Jülich GmbH, Projekt Management Jülich
Frithjof Hennemann
CEO at TrueOcean GmbH
Burt Kearney
Managing Director at Dynasafe Environmental Systems GmbH
Dr. Thorsten Kiefer
Executive Director at Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans)
Jan Krabbenhöft
Director at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Services Division
Dr. Anita Künitzer
Senior Scientific Advisor at German Environment Agency
Commander Herman Lammers
Director at NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence
Terry Martin
Journalist and TV News Anchor
Prof. Dr. Edmund Maser
Research Director at Institute of Toxicology, University Medical School (UKSH) Kiel
Prof. Dr. Katja Matthes
Director at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Gesine Meißner
Chair of the National Committee for the UN Decade Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at National Committee for the UN Decade Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
Dr. Peter Menzel
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD at Digital Ocean Lab
Peter Nieuwveld
Solution Owner UXO Innovations at Fugro
Dr. Luis-Alejandro Orellano
COO at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
Peter Rabenecker
Deputy Head of Department Applied Electrochemistry at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT
Dr. Michael D. Richardson
Technical Advisor for Munitions Response Program at IDA
Dr. Jörn Scharsack
Department Head at Thünen Institute
Commander Terje Schmitt-Eliassen
Commander 3rd Minesweeper Squadron at German Navy
Arne Schwenk
CTO at K.U.M. Umwelt- und Meerestechnik Kiel GmbH
Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach
Chief German Navy at German Navy
Thierry Segers
Policy Officer at European Commission
Ing. Frank Seubring
Technical Director at Boskalis Hirdes EOD Services GmbH
Jens Sternheim
Senior Advisor at German Programme on Underwater Munitions
Rüdiger Strempel
Executive Secretary at HELCOM
Dr. Moritz von Rochow
Research and Teaching Assistent at Walther-Schücking-Institut for International Law, Kiel University
Dr. Catherine Warner
Director at NATO STO CMRE
Jann Wendt
CEO at north.io GmbH
Mark Wernicke
Deputy Head at Kampfmittelräumdienst Schleswig-Holstein
Agenda
6 Sep
7 Sep
8 Sep
9 Sep
10 Sep
Our Message
The sea floor has become the waste dump of vast amounts of munitions, a legacy of wars and other military operations. Worldwide, the largest amount comes from deliberate dumping after the end of World War II. The rest stems from shipwrecks, unexploded ordnance from conflicts and remnants of former military training sites.
Off the German coast alone, an estimated 1.6 million tons of derelict conventional and chemical weapons are rusting away at the bottom of the North-and the Baltic Sea.
Their explosive and chemical content endangers the environment, shipping, marine infrastructure, marine life and human safety at the shore and in the open sea as carcinogenic substances leaking from the dumped munition may enter the human food chain via mussels and fish.
Across the oceans only a fraction of contaminated sites has been charted yet which prevents the understanding and managing the full extent of the problem.
What is clear is the growing problem of rusting munition can only be solved through a transnational and interdisciplinary approach as the oceans do not know any borders.
We therefore ask you to join us at Kiel Munition Clearance Week to share your expertise, get up to date and learn from each other to enable us all to put our knowledge into action across the oceans.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where will the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021 take place?
The event will at the take place at the Baltic Sea port city of Kiel, the state Capital of Schleswig Holstein in the north of Germany from 06th to 10th of September 2021.
The conference venue is located right in the heart of Kiel and is only a 5 - 7 minute walk from the main station.

Business Lounge Wunderino Arena
Europaplatz 1
24103 Kiel

Kiel itself can be easily reached via Hamburg International Airport (HAM) and the national German train network. In addition, it is well connected to Sweden, Norway, and Latvia by ferry.
Is the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021 conducted as an in-person event?
Yes, the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021 is an in-person event taking place at the Business Lounge of the Wunderino Arena in Kiel from 6th -10th of September with speakers and audience in attendance and complete with icebreaker, evening reception, networking breaks and off-site excursion. To be able to provide a safe environment for the attendees and staff the whole event is held under a strict hygienic protocol in line with official guidance. We look forward to welcome you!
In addition, the event is hosted in a hybrid format to make it accessible to as many participants as possible in the current environment still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all sessions, keynote remarks and technology showcases will be recorded and streamed through the interactive conference platform Hopin. Registered users will be able to watch these sessions live and interact with other attendees and pose questions.
How do you ensure the safety of participants at the event amid the pandemic?
Providing a safe environment for our in-person participants is of paramount importance to us. For your own safety and the safety of everyone else, all participants will be required to present a fresh negative corona test result or proof of vaccination prior to being allowed to enter the conference site. The same will be required of any conference staff. Test requirements may change prior the events based on state mandate.
In addition, a strict hygiene protocol will be enforced at the venue which will be constantly updated based on the latest scientific findings and the guidance by the local authorities. Currently this includes the wearing of face masks. That protocol will be made available to participants prior to the event.
In general, the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the City of Kiel have consistently seen far lower number of infections per capita compared to many other areas in Germany and around Europe.
How can I join the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021?
We are excited that you want to be part of the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021. The event will be hosted in a hybrid format to make it accessible to as many participants as possible in the current environment still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To join us in September, click on the “Register”- button below after which you will be asked to register a profile on Hopin, to secure you digital participation. This hybrid conference- and networking platform will allow you a high level of audience interaction during the event, either virtually through your desktop from home or through the Hopin mobile app at the event.
If in addition to the digital access you would like to attend the week in person and meet the speakers in Kiel, benefit from the more personal networking and join the post-conference day receptions, you are able to request a seat through a link in your confirmation email you will receive after registering through Hopin as described above.
Please be advised that for the in-person event a strict hygienic protocol will be in place. For your own safety and the safety of everyone else, all participants will be required to present a fresh negative corona test result or provide proof of vaccination prior to being allowed to access the conference site.
How much does it cost to attend Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021?
Participation in the event is free whether you join us through our interactive hybrid conference platform Hopin or travel to Kiel and attend the event in person.
Due to the covid-19 limitations on large gatherings the available seats for in-person attendance are however limited and quotas for in-person tickets allocation do apply. Request your ticket now.
We hope for your understanding if we may not be able to fulfill all in-person ticket requests especially if they are multiple requests from the same company or organization. Unsuccessful applicants for in-person tickets will still be able to join digitally for free through our interactive hybrid Hopin conference platform.
How does the registration process work?
To join us in September, click on the “Register”- button below after which you will be asked to register a profile on Hopin, to secure you digital participation.
This hybrid conference- and networking platform will allow you a high level of audience interaction during the event, either virtually through your desktop from home or through the Hopin mobile app at the in-person event.
If in addition to the digital access you would like to attend the week in person and meet the speakers in Kiel, benefit from the more personal networking and join the post-conference day receptions you are able to request a seat through a link in your confirmation email you will receive after registering through Hopin as described above.
Due to the covid-19 limitations on large events the available seats at the event are however limited and will be allocated in a quota system to ensure a balanced mix of stakeholders on site. Request your ticket now.
I am unable to travel to Kiel. What are my options for joining virtually?
The Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021 will be hosted in a hybrid format to make it accessible to as many participants as possible in the current environment still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All mayor sessions of the conference are streamed and can also be accessed through our hybrid conference- and networking platform Hopin from the comfort of your desktop or mobile phone app.
To sign up to the platform click on the “Register”- button below and create your digital profile on Hopin. Here you will see all sessions available for digital participation during the week and you are provided with several ways to interact with the other audience members and ask questions during the event.
What is difference between the agenda above on this website from 6th-10th Sept and the agenda I see on the Hopin event page from 7th-9th Sept?
The agenda above reflects the schedule of the whole conference week from 6th-10th of September including all official side events like workshops, excursions and the icebreaker that are only available for in-person participation. The agenda or digital schedule found on the Hopin event page is limited to agenda items also accessible by digital participation. That is why the digital schedule on Hopin only covers the period from Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th of September.
Who can join the Kiel Munition Clearance Week 2021?
Digital participation at Kiel Munition Clearance Week through our virtual conference platform Hopin is generally open to any professional from industry, government agencies, academia, the military, NGOs and the media at no cost. Simply click on the “Register” button on this page and enter your information
In-person attendance at the event is more constrained due to due to ongoing covid-19 limitations of event attendees’ numbers. For this reason, quotas are applied for in-person ticket allocation to ensure a relevant audience mix and sufficient stakeholder representation.
Request your ticket now. We hope for your understanding if we may not be able to fulfill all in-person ticket requests especially if they are multiple requests from the same company or organization. Unsuccessful applicants for in-person tickets will still be able to join digitally for free through our interactive hybrid Hopin conference platform.
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