Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention, Steamship Mutual, discussed how cyber risks affect navigational safety at the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Conference. Considering that the computerization of operating and control systems on vessels requires effective cyber security arrangements, it is vitally important to raise awareness of cyber security risks with personnel and to implement safe practices to avoid putting systems at risk.
Chris Adams served at sea as a navigating officer with Ellerman City Liners of London. He holds a degree in Nautical Studies from the University of Southampton and joined The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited as a claims executive in 1979, initially specialising in handling collision and other admiralty incidents. He has been a partner of Steamship Mutual’s management company since 1998 and is Head of the Club’s European Syndicate and Head of Loss Prevention. In the latter role he has conceived and developed the Club’s series of loss prevention DVDs which include programmes on Collision Avoidance, Groundings, Crew Health, Cyber Security, and Piracy; the latter winning the Seatrade Award in the Safety at Sea Category. In addition, in over 20 years of cooperation with Videotel, more than 90 onboard safety training programmes have been jointly produced, the content of which greatly benefit from the Club’s claims experience. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Younger Brother of Trinity House, Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship Scheme, and Chairman of the International Group’s Pilotage Sub-Committee.
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