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LR issues technical guidance for cyber ship design

Lloyd’s Register’s latest guidance aims to provide the shipping industry with a route map to understanding the implications of digital technology and cyber-enabled ships, the result of consultation with industry and academia.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}A cyber-enabled ship will consist of multiple, interconnected systems, LR says, but notes that due to the rapid pace of technology development prescriptive approaches to risk management are not suitable. Instead, a ‘total systems’ approach is required taking into account all systems on board and on shore, how they are designed and installed, how they connect, and how they will be managed.

In its guidance LR explains what is meant by cyber systems and looks at their impact on shipping. The guidance describes six key areas of risk that need to be considered and addressed in order to assure safety and dependability: systems, human-systems, software, network and communications, data assurance, and cyber-security.

The documentation also illustrates LR’s risk-based assurance process, which culminates in system appraisal and, ultimately, issue of approval in principle (AiP).

References are made in each section to the relevant ISO and IEC standards and the LR Rules that govern and guide the requirements for ICT systems. The guidance will be supported with full ShipRight Procedures for cyber-enabled ships.

“ICT is revolutionising shipping, ushering in a new era – an era of the cyber-enabled ship. Today, leading manufacturers and ship operators want or have the potential to innovate using the latest ICT systems, going beyond traditional engineering to create ships with enhanced monitoring, communication and connection capabilities – ships that can be accessed by remote onshore services, anytime and anywhere for safety and performance benefits,” said Luis Benito, LR’s marine marketing director.

“We are here to provide the assurance required to develop a safe, dependable, cyber capability in shipping.”{/mprestriction}

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