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ABS and HHI Pioneer Cyber Security Standard for New Vessels

ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) collaborated to develop cyber security requirements for the ABS Cyber Security-Ready (CS-Ready) Notation for marine assets. ABS issued HHI the first-of-its-kind CS-Ready Notation to a large-scale commercial vessel—a VLCC—delivered in November. “As a global leader in marine cyber security, ABS is pleased to work with HHI to ensure the next generation of vessels is better equipped to address increasing levels of cyber risk,” said John Jorgensen, ABS Chief Scientist, Cyber Security. “Employing the ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ model in implementing this new CS-Ready Notation ...

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Inmarsat enhances cyber security offering for Maritime industry

Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, as it continues to develop solutions that combat ever-increasing cyber threats faced by ship owners and ship managers. Vessel operators will benefit from a powerful, multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, which is based on industry leading technology from ESET, a world leader in digital security, and powered by Port-IT and protects desktop computers and other systems connected to a vessel’s network. Fleet Secure Endpoint has been developed to remove infections and thwart hackers before ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

South East Asia Indonesia: Robbers board underway bulk carrier off the coast of Pulau Merapas 5 November Five knife-wielding robbers boarded an underway bulk carrier at 0530 hrs local time around 11 nautical miles east of Pulau Merapas. The robbers stole personal items and money from the master, who they threatened but left unharmed. The robbers successfully fled the scene before security forces were alerted. Robberies at sea are regularly reported in Indonesia. PGI Analysis: Robberies are commonly reported at Indonesian anchorages, particularly overnight when assailants take advantage of low ...

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Cyber Prism Appoints Alex Burton As Non-Executive Director

Maritime and Oil and Gas Cyber Security specialists, Cyber Prism, has appointed former Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces, Alex Burton, as Non-Executive Director. Having held the highest seagoing command in the Royal Navy, Burton’s considerable maritime expertise will help support company growth in key areas, which includes the Shipping and Superyacht sectors. As part of his role, Burton will ensure the company stays true to its vision of providing a complete range of cyber security solutions to the maritime and infrastructure markets, which ranges from threat intelligence, test and protection ...

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Senior Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Officers from 16 Countries Gather in Seoul, South Korea to Discuss Measures to Strengthen Fight against Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia

Senior officers of maritime law enforcement and regulatory agencies from 16 ReCAAP Member States gathered today in Seoul, South Korea for a two-day meeting to take stock of the evolving maritime safety situation, and strengthen their collective efforts in the shared mission to combat piracy and sea robbery in Asia. Hosted by ReCAAP’s Korean Focal Point, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and co-organised with ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), the Focal Point Senior Officers’ Meeting (FPSOM) will provide an update on the latest situation of piracy and sea robbery ...

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Armed Pirates Attack LNG Tanker Off Nigerian Coast, IMB Says

Armed pirates chased and shot at a liquefied-natural gas tanker off Nigeria’s coast, the second time in as many weeks a vessel has been attacked in the area. At least nine assailants made an unsuccessful attempt to board the vessel on Nov. 6, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report on its website. “The pirates approached the vessel several times but due to the increased speed and evasive maneuvers, the pirates were unsuccessful and later aborted the attack,” it said. “Vessel and crew reported safe.” The incident followed an ...

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Iranian military is ready to protect oil tankers against threats-deputy commander

Iran’s armed forces will protect Iranian oil tankers against any threats, an Iranian military official said on Monday after the United States called the ships a “floating liability” and warned ports operators not to allow them to dock. The United States resumed sanctions on Iran’s oil, shipping and banking industries last Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear programme in May. “Iran’s armed forces…are prepared today as in the past to protect our fleet of oil tankers against any threats so ...

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ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland Sign Partnership Agreement for Cybersecurity Services

Leading classification society ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement for cybersecurity services. ClassNK is a classification society which carries out surveys to help ensure the safety of vessels and marine structures, and has many achievements involving the certification of ship equipment. TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services providing digital services for safety, cybersecurity and privacy. Earlier, ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland built a cooperative relationship through the signing of partnership agreements in 2012 for wind turbine certification and in 2015 for ...

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Report: Nigeria Leads in Piracy Attacks in Gulf of Guinea

Despite efforts by the federal government to reduce the cases of piracy and banditry in Nigeria’s territorial waters, the country still leads in pirates attack in the Gulf of Guinea in the first nine months of 2018, a report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed. IMB in its latest quarterly report said a total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to its Piracy Reporting Centre in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017. According ...

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Somalia: Ten Years On, Is Somali Piracy Still a Threat?

On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off Somalia’s coast. It is now 10 years since the first resolution was passed in 2008 to respond to piracy and robbery against humanitarian and commercial ships in the region. At the time, piracy was considered a major threat to both local and global peace and security. Since then, and especially since 2013, the number of attacks and hijackings has dropped. Recent incidents have however raised concerns over the ...

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ReCAAP ISC October 2018 Report

A total of six incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in October 2018. No piracy incident was reported. There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo reported in October 2018. However, the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remains a serious concern. The ReCAAP ISC has issued a Warning on 30 Oct 18 alerting the shipping industry about a group of about 10 ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and the Indian Ocean Mozambique: Armed robbers attempt to board tanker off Nacala 29 October Armed robbers attempted to board a tanker at Nacala Outer Anchorage at 2030 hrs local time. The crew raised the alarm after noticing a boat tied up to the anchor chain and a robber trying to board the tanker via the chain. The robbers jumped overboard over hearing the alarm and escaped. No property was stolen, and the crew was reported safe. PGI Analysis: There is a moderate threat to maritime security in ...

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Attempted piracy attack on Stena Bulk vessel west of Yemen

3rd November the Stena Imperial reported a suspected pirate approach whilst on northbound passage through the Red Sea west of Yemen on her way from Far East to Rotterdam for discharge. The story in short: Two suspicious skiffs were found approaching Stena Imperial from the port side at a distance of 1.5 Nautical Miles. The alarm was raised and the Master and the on board security team mustered on the bridge. Hand flares were fired towards the skiffs as warning shot as they were continuously approaching towards the vessel. Master ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 28 October – 3 November 2018

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Getting ready to fight the invisible cyber intruder

The threat of a cyber attack is one of the most prominent business risks to any company’s information and operation systems. With rapid digitalisation of the marine industry and increased use of integrated systems and software on ships and offshore platforms, cyber security is becoming critical, not only for data protection but also for reliable and safe marine operations. The shipping giant Maersk went public with the information that they had been infected with the NotPetya malware, which destroyed their entire infrastructure. In the aftermath, Maersk had to replace 45,000 ...

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