New Guide Addresses Maritime Cyber Risks

A new guide by classification society Bureau Veritas has been developed to help shipowners address maritime cyber risks.

The guide contains a new series of classification notations, guidelines and services to help owners comply with regulatory requirements, safeguard their crews and protect their assets from both malfunction and malicious attack.

“As vessels become increasingly smart and reliant on digital systems, both cyber safety and security have become a major concern for shipowners seeking to protect their data, people, assets and operations,” said Bureau Veritas Marine Marketing & Sales Director Gijsbert de Jong.

Bureau Veritas now offers two new cyber notations for shipowners. The first, SW-Register, ensures installations of tested new software versions are properly tracked and requires creation of a certified register of software used in the ship’s onboard systems. It is compulsory for new-build ships using digital systems, and ensures compliance with IACS UR E22.

The second notation is SYS-COM, which is directed at preventing malicious cyber attacks. It is a voluntary notation covering the exchange of data between ship and shore.

At the end of December, a new guidance note, NI 641- Guidelines for Autonomous Shipping, was released. The note contains the basis for the risk assessment of ships including autonomous systems, the goal-based recommendations for a minimum level of functionality of autonomous and the guidelines for improving the reliability of essential systems within autonomous ships.

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