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Information Technology (IT) and Operating Technology (OT) systems onboard ships are used for a multitude of purposes, such as controlling engines and associated systems, cargo management, navigational systems, administration, etc. The increased integration of systems and the greater use of digital ship-to-shore communication and data links now substantially increase ships’ exposure to cyber security risks.
As cyber security threats are dynamic in nature, regulations alone are not enough to offer protection against such incidents. Regulations tend to be static and the long regulatory process reduces their effectiveness as a weapon against the fast changing world of cyber crime.
BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, DCSA, SYBAss, InterManager, INTERTANKO, IUMI, OCIMF and WSC regularly review and update the Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard Ships (commonly referred to as the Industry Guidelines). Shipowners and operators can use the guidance to assess their operations and develop the necessary procedures and actions to improve resilience and maintain integrity of cyber systems onboard their ships.
Ship cyber risks should be appropriately addressed in safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company's International Safety Management (ISM) code’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.
Software maintenance has a cyber security aspect. BIMCO and CIRM will ask the IMO to develop guidelines that set a framework for software maintenance of shipboard equipment. These new guidelines will be supplemented by an ISO Standard on a Ship Software Logging System that records software versions automatically.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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