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Cyber tops agenda at Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum

Cyber security, alongside carbon emissions and safety, was identified as one of the top line agenda issues for the recently concluded annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum, supported by a range of shipping organisations including BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO, OCIMF, and IACS.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}At the meeting in Nantong, China, hosted by China Classification Society, the forum reached several conclusions on ship design and technology, including a general agreement on the need to adopt new methods and standards to create more resilient digital systems on board during the ship design and construction phase to combat cyber-attacks.

A more layered approach to a ship’s digital system and the use of greater segregation were recommended, to increase safety by preventing a single attack from easily spreading to IT and other systems both on board the ship and ashore.

The Tripartite group agreed that it will work together to develop new design standards in this area, with the aim of raising the resilience of ships’ digital systems and making them more resistant to possible cyber-attacks.

Innovation in emissions reduction was also a priority during discussions, with the group in agreement that the shipping industry needs to use all available technology to a much greater extent, and increase its support for technological innovation to reduce CO2 emissions to the degree required by the international community.

It was said that the shipping industry “urgently” needs new ship designs, equipment, propulsion systems and alternative fuels to achieve the CO2 reduction goals established by the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the specific objectives to be established for international shipping by the IMO as part of its GHG reduction strategy.{/mprestriction}

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