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Shipping coalition issues latest guidelines on cybersecurity

Jul 13, 2017 03:57 PM

The new edition includes information on insurance and managing the ship-to-shore interface

The following is the text of a news release from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS):

(LONDON) — The second edition of "The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships" has been released. The latest practical advice has been compiled by the joint industry group, which is led by BIMCO and now includes new members OCIMF and IUMI, as well as the original contributors CLIA, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko.

The second edition includes information on insurance issues and how to effectively segregate networks, as well as new practical advice on managing the ship-to-shore interface, and how to handle cybersecurity during port calls and when communicating with the shore side. 

The chapters on contingency planning and responding to and recovering from cyberincidents have been rewritten to reflect the fact that the guidelines are aimed specifically at ships and the remote conditions prevailing if a ship’s defenses have been breached. 

"The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships" have also been aligned with the recommendations given in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) guidelines on cyber-risk management which were adopted in June. 

A new subchapter on insurance has been added, looking at coverage after a cyberincident as this is an important part of the risk assessment which shipowners should now take into consideration. Finally, the annex, which explains about networks, has been rewritten based on real experience of shipowners segregating networks on their ships.

“Cybersecurity is certainly a hot topic for all of us now, and this latest guidance includes valuable information, applying a risk-based approach to all of the areas of concern, highlighting how an individual’s unwitting actions might expose their organization," said Angus Frew, BIMCO secretary-general and CEO. “The first version of the guidelines was well received by the industry and acknowledged by the IMO and we really do believe that the update offers the most comprehensive guidance for the shipping industry today.  

"In the light of recent events we urge everyone across the industry to download it — it's available free of charge — and to consider the risk cybercrime may pose to their ships and operations. Ignorance is no longer an option, as we are all rapidly realizing."

"The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships" is available to download on all joint industry working group websites, including ICS. Visit

The joint industry working group members are BIMCO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo), International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko), International Union of Maritime Insurance (IUMI) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).

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