The most common way for cyber criminals to strike is through negligent or poorly trained individuals. In the past, many companies have been victims of cybercrime by relatively unsophisticated hacking methods, such as downloadable links in emails and viruses. In the maritime industry, the belief that “Our vessel is not connected to the cyberspace” is very much WRONG!
OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) has recently released their new Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) that takes effect on 17th of September 2018. With a complete section on maritime security devoted to Cyber Security, this is the first major revision of OCIMF’s VIQ since 2013.
One of the challenges that navigating officers’ face is a large number of ECDIS systems found on vessels, all with different user interfaces. However, on boarding vessels officers need to be able to competently use the ECDIS, as it could be their main source of navigation. In order to assist the shipping industry, Seagull has partnered with ECDIS developers to create cost-effective ECDIS type-specific training for several of the widely used models.
The ‘Seagull Bulletin’ was launched in November 2017 as a complimentary feature for users of the Seagull Training Administrator (STA) and registered users on the Seagull website. Several of our customers have started using the feature and among them is Grieg Star.
The number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery has decreased in 2017. The news comes in the wake of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy, which identified a total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre between January and September 2017.
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