NYK Line oil tanker gets first ClassNK cyber notation

Tateshina, an oil tanker built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) for NYK Line has been granted a Cyber Resilience-Guideline (CybR-G) notation from classification society ClassNK.

The CybR-G notation attests that the ship design has successfully incorporated cyber security measures in accordance with ClassNK’s Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships, and that it is approved for ship operations in relation to its cyber security status.

ClassNK released its cyber guidelines after compiling a range of best practices for newbuilding designs from shipyards and shipowners, identifying computer systems that need to be protected from cyber-attacks and how to build a network to safeguard them.

The second edition of the Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships incorporates international cyber security standards for industrial automation and control systems from the IEC 62443 series, as well as the latest recommendations on cyber resilience for new ships (Rec. No. 166) published by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in May 2020.

After receiving the application from NACKS for NYK, ClassNK carried out the verification process in line with the Guidelines. After completion of assessments of the documents and plans, combined with the results of risk assessments and on-site surveys, ClassNK issued its first class certificate with CybR-G notation to the vessel.

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