The Korean Register and Hyundai LNG Shipping have signed a memorandum of understanding on 2 December, agreeing to conduct joint research on the application, verification and development of Guidance for maritime cyber security systems.

The MOU brings together KR's globally recognized maritime cyber security certification capability and HLS's expertise in cyber security technology. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly verify cyber security solutions applicable to new ships and will develop risk analysis and design safety evaluations for cyber security systems.

The IMO’s Resolution of MSC.428(98) adopted at the 98th meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee in June 2017 will increase demand for cyber security risk management from 2021. From this date, Administrations will be obliged to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.

KR established its own maritime cyber security certification system last year and provides a cyber security certification service for companies and ships, and cyber security type approval services for networks and automation systems of ships.

By Jake Frith