ABS reports that it has issued its first ever CyberSafety Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification for main engine and main propulsion remote control systems, granting approval to the M-800 series of equipment from Nabtesco Corporation of Japan.
“Cybersecurity risks continue to evolve which is why it is important that our equipment not only meets but exceeds the latest industry standards and requirements,” said Yukihiro Mizutani, President, Nabtesco Marine Control Systems Company.
“ABS certification of our remote-control system enables us to meet the growing need for cyber secure equipment and prepares us and our customers for upcoming IACS Unified Requirements on cybersecurity, UR E26 and E27.”
Certification was granted following prototype testing in January 2023, with ABS providing approval for the various components of the M-800 series including the micro-computer unit, a control system for diesel and turbine engines, as well as the relevant components in the remote-control system.
“In vessel operations today, more and more components are connected and reliant on digitally enabled systems that introduce new risks and vulnerabilities into the maritime supply chain,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
“By addressing the risks early at the individual component and equipment levels, equipment manufacturers can help mitigate potential negative impacts. This PDA for Nabtesco provides a comprehensive certification solution that demonstrates their commitment to cybersecurity.”
The new certification follows on from a service provider approval for CyberSafety granted to Nabtesco by ABS in January 2021.