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Cyber partnership to improve vessel security

(l-r) Tobias Schweinfurter, TÜV Rheinland Japan; Dr Michael Fübi, TÜV Rheinland; and Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK (l-r) Tobias Schweinfurter, TÜV Rheinland Japan; Dr Michael Fübi, TÜV Rheinland; and Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland, a provider of testing, inspection and certification for a variety of industries, have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement for cybersecurity services that will see the companies work together to create cyber certification for the shipping sector.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have a previous cooperative relationship, through agreements in 2012 for wind turbine certification and in 2015 for test and product certification. With their most recent partnership agreement both parties have agreed to jointly develop and deliver a cybersecurity certification scheme for the maritime industry.

Under the agreement, ClassNK will first team up with TÜV Rheinland to work on cybersecurity guidelines that target onboard software currently being developed by the class society, and will then look to introduce cybersecurity certification services relating to wider maritime sector issues.

“I am pleased to be able to further strengthen our collaborative relationship with TÜV Rheinland. Digital transformation is changing the way that business is conducted and offering more opportunities, while cybersecurity is an essential factor to its promotion and adoption in the maritime industry,” said ClassNK president and CEO, Koichi Fujiwara.

“Through the new partnership, we will do everything possible to overcome the cybersecurity challenges of the industry by combining TÜV Rheinland’s abundant expertise and our society’s accumulated knowledge and experience on management systems for ship operations, as well as the structure, machinery and other components of ships themselves.”{/mprestriction}

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