DNV GL awards ABB cruise ship cybersecurity verification

2020-03-13T17:48:14+00:00 March 13th, 2020|Safety|

ABB’s solutions fitted on board a large passenger ship have been awarded cybersecurity verification from classification society, DNV GL.

As a result, this vessel became the first to achieve system compliance under DNV GL’s framework for integrated cybersecurity, it was claimed.

The vessel’s cybersecurity resilience was undertaken in close collaboration with ABB, the shipowner and DNV GL during the construction phase at a European shipyard. Cybersecurity management processes will continue during the ship’s operations, with the system’s resilience maintained throughout the lifetime of the vessel.

Neither the shipowner, ship name or builder could be named at the time ‘LNG Shipping News’ went to press, due to contract confidentiality.

“It is vital that the maritime industry focuses on cybersecurity as an essential part of both design and operation,” said Johann Melsted (pictured), DNV GL’s Area Manager Benelux & France. “Which is why we are so pleased to be working with forward looking partners, who are prepared to engage with this emerging risk and demonstrate their commitment to tackling cyber threats.”

In order to achieve sustainable shipping, vessels are increasingly fitted with integrated automation systems and digital solutions. As part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the vessel’s systems are more connected than ever, presenting threats previously unheard of in shipping.

This is driving the need for closer and earlier collaboration on cybersecurity between all key stakeholders in the newbuilding process. DNV GL’s Integrated Cyber Security Dependent Systems verification establishes a framework to address cybersecurity levels for the main functions of a vessel – both during its construction and while in operation.

While the framework is applicable to any vessel, greater sophistication and deeper integration of operational technology systems in complex vessels, such as cruise ships, mean that appropriate cybersecurity management is paramount. While digitalisation offers opportunities to measure and manage efficiencies across the entire fleet, securing these data streams is critical to the safety of the vessels’ passengers and crew, the companies said.

“ABB recognises the importance of cybersecurity in the marine industry and is working closely with shipowners, yards and classification societies to enhance cyber resilience of ships,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.

“As vessels become more electric, digital and connected than ever before, it is of vital importance that we equip and empower seafarers with reliable solutions that are cyber secure.”

The vessel is powered by patented ABB Azipod electric propulsion system. Since its introduction in 1990, Azipod has become the industry standard for passenger vessels with its proven ability to cut fuel consumption to up to 20%, compared to traditional shaftline propulsion.

Connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres worldwide, the vessel is part of the global support network where ABB technicians monitor operational shipboard systems, co-ordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services – 24/7.