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Joint project to develop cyber-risk management system with Dualog receives support of Norwegian Government fund

NYK and Dualog,* a cutting-edge innovator of maritime IT, announced that a new project for the development of a cyber-risk management system for ships will receive two years of funding from the Norwegian government fund Innovation Norway.**

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Joint project to develop cyber-risk management system with Dualog receives support of Norwegian Government fund. Image: NYK LINE

NYK and Dualog,* a cutting-edge innovator of maritime IT, announced that a new project for the development of a cyber-risk management system for ships will receive two years of funding from the Norwegian government fund Innovation Norway.**

1. Background

In accordance with recent developments in information and communication technology, ships remain connected to the internet and continually share data between ship and shore. Ship data is monitored onshore using IoT, and electronic chart data is distributed from shore. Despite these benefits, there is a risk of becoming exposed to cyberthreats, such as becoming infected by malware.

With this in mind, the 98th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC98) approved guidelines on maritime cyber-risk management in June 2017. The committee recommended that a description of cyber-risk management be included in the safety management systems of shipowners and ship-management companies.

In 2017, NYK entered a strategic partnership with Dualog, and has been developing data-sharing between ship and shore, which is Dualog’s strong point. In fact, the two companies have launched a new Cepa Shield project that focuses on cybersecurity. (“Cepa” means onion in Latin.)

2. Outline of Cepa Shield

The cyber-risk management system developed by the Cepa Shield project will be able to be applied to all NYK-operated vessels and will provide multiple layers of risk management.

When a cyberattack comes from the outside, these features help NYK to grasp from shore the condition of each vessel against the attack. NYK can then remain aware of any ships subject to a concentrated attack and in need of immediate protection.

With the financial support of Innovation Norway over the next two years, the project will carry out trials on 50 NYK-operated vessels.

3. Media Event at Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo

On November 21, a media event was held at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo.

The NYK Group aims to create new value by taking advantage of digitalization in accordance with the company’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” and strives to enhance transport safety, efficiency, and international competitiveness further.

* Dualog
Established in 1994 and based in Tromsø, Norway, Dualog provides a maritime digital platform that ensures that internet, email, and cloud services work reliably and securely on board. The company enables and optimizes all IT services and tools needed for the efficient management of vessels. Dualog’s IT solutions are installed on more than 3,000 ships in worldwide trades.

** Innovation Norway
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian government’s instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. The organization supports companies in developing their competitive advantage in domestic and international markets.

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Joint oil spill exercise tests inter-agency response and cooperation amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore held a joint oil spill exercise at Raffles Anchorage to test inter-agency coordination and response to oil spill incidents in the Port of Singapore.

During this year’s exercise, participating agencies including the Police Coast Guard and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, implemented a contingency response plan that incorporated COVID-19 precautionary measures. The exercise was supported by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Oil Spill Response Ltd and Singapore Salvage Engineers Pte Ltd.

The exercise scenario involved a collision between two oil tankers that resulted in the rupture of two cargo oil tanks onboard the tankers. In the scenario, about 10,000 metric tonnes of medium crude oil spilled into the sea.

MPA’s next-generation patrol craft demonstrated their enhanced emergency response capabilities through the use of oil containment booms and the oil dispersant spray system. In addition, the spill response teams deployed a drone from the next-generation patrol craft to gather aerial footage as part of onsite incident management.
Gracing the occasion, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “Our port and shipping sectors play a critical role in keeping global supply chains going, and enabling Singapore to bring in essential goods and send our exports to the world.  It is therefore important for our agencies and industry partners to remain vigilant and respond to incidents in a well-coordinated manner. This is why we hold regular exercises to test our readiness and identify areas for further improvement. These are also opportunities to test new technologies and capabilities, such as the new MPA patrol craft which we launched last month.”

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Maritime Fairtrade launches localised websites across ASEAN, advocating ethical shipping practices

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By launching localised websites across ASEAN countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Maritime Fairtrade aims at reducing corrupt practices in the shipping industry. With a lack of transparency and anti-corruption compliance culture, the shipping industry is perceived to sully ethical lapses with illicit activities.

A collaborative hub advocating for ethical shipping practices – Maritime Fairtrade works to positively influence businesses through education. As part of the wider goal to combat corruption in the asian maritime industry, setting up localised websites in the ASEAN region provides an avenue for resource sharing, effectively increasing awareness around unethical practices.

With over 90% of trade carried out over sea, it is especially crucial that businesses involved take stock of losses incurred from unethical lapses. Corrupt practices include one-time and long-term bribery, extortionate demands, and under-the-table payments to overlook procedural errors. A climate of malfeasance not only drives up trade costs, but also impedes economic efficiency by reducing future corporate profits and competitiveness.

The expansion of illicit trafficking and corrupt behaviours are only growing, especially so in a Covid-era where there is an increase in shipping activities and consequently, fraud. At the same time, the pandemic is directing consumers towards sustainable buying patterns, which makes it a prime time for shipping companies and partners to relook into ethical policies.

Accessibility to the right sources of information where you can reliably understand the challenges and opportunities for a corruption-free industry is decisive in turning the tide. Maritime Fairtrade’s strategy of pushing localised websites chips away at this goal, by reaching a wider audience and influence. By optimising websites in the local languages used in ASEAN countries, anti-corruption messages can be better delivered and understood by site visitors. Tailored language localisation counts for more than simple translation, it considers the social, political and historical aspects of foreign markets – tuning these nuances into how the website looks and reads.

Effecting purposeful change in the maritime industry will positively influence the financial valuation of shipping companies, eliminating regulation and micromanagement that can bog down an otherwise flourishing trade integral to the global economy. And, Maritime Fairtrade is doing just that through credible information sharing that is effectively communicated through localised website content in the ASEAN countries.

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ZIM and Konfidas announce the creation of ZKCyberStar, a new cybersecurity consulting company

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The ever-growing threat of cyber-attack on the maritime industry has only been magnified by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, the industry’s ongoing digitization of its business processes, while indispensable in modernizing, streamlining and enhancing the efficiency of these processes, has increased their exposure to cyber-attack. Multiple recent cyber-attacks on the maritime industry have caused significant disruptions at great cost, raising awareness and highlighting the crucial importance of cybersecurity. According to a recent report by Cyber Risk Management, a major cyber-attack on Asia’s ports could end up costing the global economy as much as $110 billion. Other estimates predict that cybercrime could cost the world economy $6 trillion annually by 2021.

In response, ZIM is deploying its vast experience and long-standing cooperation with cybersecurity experts Konfidas to establish ZKCyberStar, a new subsidiary company offering a full range of cybersecurity services, tailor-made for the maritime industry, to increase cyber readiness and ensure business continuity in the event of cyber-attack.

ZKCyberStar will provide a suite of services to support operational cybersecurity readiness, including cyber and regulatory postures, strategy and planning, cyber awareness and executive training, incident response capabilities, supply chain risk management, ongoing threat intelligence, regulatory alerts and briefs, and more.

The ZKCyberStar team has a proven track record of success and years of experience in cybersecurity. The ZKCyberStar solution employs a unique methodology designed and developed specifically to achieve maximal readiness for and protection against maritime cyber-attack.

ZKCyberStar will be led by Ronen Meroz as CEO, Ram Levi and Eli Zilberman Caspi. Ronen is currently ZIM Global Intermodal Division Manager, an experienced ZIM senior manager with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry. Ram is an international cybersecurity expert, public speaker and advisor to global organizations on cybersecurity, and a former secretary of the Prime Minister of Israel’s National Cyber Initiative Task Force. Eli is Co-Founder and COO of Konfidas and an expert on business continuity readiness for cyber-attacks and cyber incident response management.

Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO: “ZIM is uniquely positioned to tackle cyber threats in our industry. In recent years, I was approached by global companies seeking advice regarding cyber threats, and I have decided to create ZKCyberStar to support and advise organizations in our industry, using our long-standing cooperative relationship with the top cybersecurity expert team of Konfidas. With the creation of ZKCyberStar, we join forces to offer the most advanced and skilled services to cope with cyber threats and mitigate the risks and costly impact of cyber-attacks. We welcome Ram Levi, Eli Zilberman Caspi and the team of professionals at Konfidas to jointly create a top-level consulting company to help the industry cope with cyber threats.”

Ram Levi, Konfidas Founder & CEO: “The maritime and logistics industries have witnessed an unprecedented rise in cyber-attacks in recent years. Those attacks serve as a wake-up call for an industry which is critical to modern trade and commerce. As we move towards heavily networked and increasingly automated systems, cybersecurity must be a top priority. Our unique partnership with ZIM, a global leader in container shipping, will enable ZKCyberStar to provide strong client-driven cybersecurity solutions with global expertise and implementation.”

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