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.
Seafarers can now undergo training on Occupational Health and Safety on board their respective vessels using a new on board course.
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) was adopted in 2004 to introduce global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species. The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017 and this means that all ships are required to manage their ballast water on every voyage. The convention will affect more than 99% of the world fleet.
A recent article in Seatrade Maritime News states that while cyber security has become a lot more in focus onshore in offices for shipping companies the level of protection onboard vessels is yet to catch up, leaving a vulnerability for cyber criminals to exploit. A lack of cyber security onboard vessels can act as backdoor for hackers to get into onshore corporate systems.
A very important element in any sort of training is to take away the passive act of just watching and listening. We want to have the learner engaged in the topic and make reflections based on their own experience.
Cyber security threats have increased over the past few years in the maritime industry. Together with DNV GL, Seagull now offers an immediate solution to help you train your staff to be cyber secure.
Seagull Maritime has just received approval by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for an on-board version of their Norwegian Maritime Rules & Regulations course. This course is a requirement for all non-Norwegian Masters serving on a vessel flying the Norwegian flag (NIS & NOR). The course, which consists of one e-learning module and a comprehensive workbook, will be an invaluable option for all non-Norwegian Masters wanting to serve on a Norwegian flagged vessel.
The latest issue of “The Navigator” published by The Nautical Institute reports on the issues surrounding a lack of familiarization with different ECDIS systems. The article which has the heading “Know your ECDIS – or risk detention” lays out several examples from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that has taken a strong stance on ECDIS competency as part of their Port State Control inspections.
Project MARTHA, a fatigue study to the maritime industry, highlights growing levels of fatigue, especially among Masters and Watch-Keepers.
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