ClassNK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).
anama is making various efforts to improve the safety of its own vessels. Namely, on 17 November, PMA announced the establishment of a “Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme” to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are actually exposed to and to seek more pragmatic and effective measures to control the cyber risks.
The scheme encourages all Panama-flagged vessels to report detected cyber incidents to PMA.
Under the MOU, ClassNK will provide its knowledge and experience to PMA for their efforts to ensure cyber security.
As part of these efforts, the society will analyze the information collected from the cyber incident voluntary reporting scheme of PMA.
Speaking on the occasion, PMA’s Eng. Rafael Cigarruista, General Director of Merchant Marine said:
By integrating the knowledge and expertise from both flag state and classification society, we are confident in developing measures against cyber risks that are appropriate for the industry to deploy
Moreover, ClassNK’s Mr. Hirofumi Takano, Executive Vice President, Director of Innovation Development Division added that the organization “will continue to promote initiatives based on diverse partnerships and work to propose best practices related to ensuring cyber security suitable for shipping.”