Cyber Threats: Real or Horlicks?

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Jul 292014

The real world of DP2Much is being published abut the potential threats of cyber attacks on shipboard and onshore computer systems. Imaginary or overblown threats are nothing new to marketing. In 1931 beverage company Horlicks used an imaginary condition called ‘Night Starvation’ in a highly successful promotion that ran for decades. Is the threat to ships real or just a Horlicks?

Steve Jones of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry,SAMI, and respected author of several books on maritime security  looks at the issue for Maritime Accident Casebook and says…


Cleaning Up your Cyber Hygiene

As the global focal point for maritime security matters, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry constantly monitors the next shipping threats over the horizon. As part of this remit, the Association has turned its attention to the potential cyber threats hidden within the industry.

SAMI recently held a seminar on cyber security, and played host to leading experts, as this most modern of shipping threats came into the spotlight. Given the nature of the threat the true extent of shipping’s cyber vulnerabilities remains uncertain, but the industry is slowly waking to the implications of cyber-attacks. It is increasingly recognising that poorly defended systems pose huge risks, as concerns rise that criminals, pirates and terrorists may target shipping.

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IMO Wants ECDIS Glitches Confidentially

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Dec 292010

ECDIS: IMO wants glitches fixed

Operating ‘anomalies’ have been identified within some CDIS Systems says the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, which is looking for feedback on the issue.

In a recent circular the IMO says: “The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-eighth session (24 November to 3 December 2010), was informed of anomalies in the operation of some ECDIS systems relating to display and alarm behaviour in particular system configurations. The anomalies were discovered by the inspection of ENCs within a small number of ECDIS systems and the committee considered it possible that other anomalies remain to be discovered… Given the widespread use and the impending implementation of the ECDIS carriage requirement, the Committee considered it important that any anomalies identified by mariners are reported to and investigated by the appropriate authorities to ensure their resolution.

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ECDIS Implementation Guide

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Mar 282010

imageSteamship Mutual has issued a new Risk Alert to cover ECDIS implementation requirements.

Since 2002 it has been an option for vessels to be fitted with an Electronic Chart Display and Information System, ECDIS, along with a backup arrangement as a means of fulfilling the requirement under SOLAS regulation V/19-2.1.4 for the vessel to carry nautical charts for the
intended voyage. This option is now being changed into a mandatory requirement as at a meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in May / June 2009 further amendments to SOLAS regulation V/19 were made to make the carriage of ECDIS mandatory on vessels engaged in international voyages with an expected date of entry into force of 1st January 2011.

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UKHO Monthly Newsletter Out

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Feb 242010

The sixth edition of the UK Hydrographic Office monthly e-newsletter is now available.

Says the newsletter: “The start of a busy new year is always a good time to reflect on the last 12 months. For the UKHO and the maritime community as a whole, 2009 signalled the start of a new phase of marine navigation. In June, the IMO’s ECDIS Mandate was approved and is now due to be introduced on a rolling timeframe according to vessel type from 2012, while in December, we launched our vision for the future of navigation with the introduction of Admiralty e-Navigator. These landmarks mean 2010 marks the beginning of an exciting transition towards digital navigation.

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