ClassNK signs cyber MoU with Panama

Classification society ClassNK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).

Earlier this month, PMA announced the establishment of a Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are actually exposed to and to help find more effective measures to control cyber risks. The scheme encourages all Panama-flagged vessels to report detected cyber incidents to PMA.

Under the new MoU, ClassNK will provide its expertise to support PMA’s efforts, including services to analyse the information collected from the cyber incident voluntary reporting scheme.

“As a world largest flag sate, it is our duty to take action against cyber risk and contribute to the safety of maritime transport,” said Rafael Cigarruista, General Director of Merchant Marine, PMA.

“On this occasion, we are very happy to conclude a MoU with ClassNK, a leading classification society putting effort into maritime cyber security. By integrating the knowledge and expertise from both flag state and classification society, we are confident in developing measures against cyber risks that are appropriate for the industry to deploy.”

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