- ABB has been awarded cybersecurity verification from classification society DNV GL.
- ABB is first to achieve system compliance under DNV GL’s framework for integrated cybersecurity.
- Cybersecurity management processes will continue during the ship’s operations.
- Vessels are fitted with integrated automation systems and digital solutions.
- DNV GL’s Integrated Cyber Security Dependent Systems verification establishes a framework.
- It addresses cybersecurity levels during construction and operations.
- The vessel is powered by ABB Azipod® electric propulsion system.
ABB’s solutions on board a large passenger ship have been awarded cybersecurity verification from classification society DNV GL says a press release published on their website.
Milestone for the marine industry
As a result, this vessel became the industry’s first to achieve system compliance under DNV GL’s framework for integrated cybersecurity.
The state-of-the-art cybersecurity resilience for the vessel was enabled by the close collaboration of ABB, the shipowner, and DNV GL during the construction phase at a shipyard in Europe. Cybersecurity management processes will continue during the ship’s operations, with the system’s resilience maintained throughout the lifetime of the vessel.
“It is vital that the maritime industry focusses on cybersecurity as an essential part of both design and operation,” said Johann Melsted, Area Manager Benelux & France for DNV GL. “Which is why we are so pleased to be working with forward-looking partners, who are prepared to engage with this emerging risk and demonstrate their commitment to tackling cyber threats.”
Integrated automation systems and digital solutions
In order to achieve sustainable shipping, vessels are increasingly fitted with integrated automation systems and digital solutions. As part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the vessel’s systems are more connected than ever before, presenting threat vectors previously unheard of in shipping. This is driving the need for closer and earlier collaboration on cybersecurity between all key stakeholders in the newbuilding process. DNV GL’s Integrated Cyber Security Dependent Systems verification establishes a framework to address cybersecurity levels for the main functions of a vessel – both during construction and in operation.
While the framework is applicable to any vessel, greater sophistication and deeper integration of operational technology systems in complex vessels such as cruise ships mean that appropriate cybersecurity management is paramount. While digitalization offers opportunities to measure and manage efficiencies across the entire fleet, securing these data streams is critical to the safety of the vessels’ passengers and crew.
Importance of cybersecurity
“ABB recognizes the importance of cybersecurity in the marine industry and is working closely with shipowners, yards and classification societies to enhance the cyber resilience of ships,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “As vessels become more electric, digital and connected than ever before, it is of vital importance that we equip and empower seafarers with reliable solutions that are cyber secure.”
ABB Azipod® electric propulsion system
The vessel is powered by ABB Azipod® electric propulsion system. Since its introduction in 1990, Azipod® has become the industry standard for passenger vessels with its proven ability to cut fuel consumption to up to 20 percent, compared to traditional shaft line propulsion.
Connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Centers worldwide, the vessel is part of the global support network where ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services – 24/7.
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