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The 2022 Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS), hosted by Argonne National Laboratory, will be held at the TCS Conference Center, November 15-17, 2022. MRS 2022 will be held as an in-person event with provisions for hybrid participation. 

MRS is an annual professional conference in which government and maritime industry leaders, Port representatives, researchers, and solution providers convene to examine current and merging threats to maritime security. The symposium is structured around a series of panels that address issues critical to the Maritime Transportation System (MTS). The panels proposed for this year include:

  • Assessing Risks to Maritime Transportation Infrastructure from Climate Change and Planning for Long-term Resilience and Adaptation

  • Training the Next Generation of Maritime Cyber Warriors

  • Supply Chain Challenges to the MTS
     

The theme of MRS 2022 is “The Importance of Inland Systems to the MTS.” The global MTS consists of numerous inland networks that connect the major transnational and inland ports. The United States has more than 25,000 miles of navigable waters, which can carry around 630 million tons of cargo annually. Barges carry the bulk of the commodities on the inland river networks while freighters carry the commodities on the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway. About 60 percent of the U.S. farm exports travel through inland waterways. Disruptions to this collective maritime system would have horrific impacts on the nation’s economy and its logistics system.