The IACS Council held its 79th session (C79) in Busan, South Korea, last week, where it marked the conclusion of the Korean Register’s Chairmanship. From 1st July 2019, Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping, took the helm of IACS.
The IACS published its Annual Review addressing activities it undertook the past year, including articles about key areas such as sulphur 2020, autonomous ships and cyber safety, as well as a ‘Class Report’ with data on the IACS fleet.
The International Association of Classification Societies announced the release of the January 2019 edition of the IACS Blue Book and the accompanying IACS Green Book. These publications summarise the technical output of IACS and demonstrate IACS’ technical support to the shipping industry. The Green Book is updated whenever a new or revised IACS Resolution or Recommendation is uploaded.
IACS published the new ‘Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT)’. The latest rules will replace the current Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers (CSR-OT) and Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers (CSR-BC). These Rules will enter into force on 1st July 2019.
The North P&I Club reminds that from the 1st January 2019 the UAE will require that selected flagged vessels are classed by a classification society that is a member of the IACS or with Tasneef. This requirement will apply to vessels calling at UAE ports or anchor or performing bunkering operations within the UAE’s EEZ.
IACS issued a guidance report on Remote Update/Access aiming to establish recommendations for control over remote access to onboard IT and OT systems. Additionally, where remote maintenance is used, clear procedures and protective measures should be adopted.
For effective assessment and control of the cyber systems onboard, an inventory of all of the vessel’s equipment and computer based systems should be created during the vessel’s design and construction and updated during the life of the ship, IACS advised.
IACS provides recommendation for vessels in order to safeguard their integration systems. Integration refers to an organized combination of computer-based systems, which are interconnected in order to allow communication between computer subsystems.
IACS issued a recommendation report suggesting guidelines to ensure network security onboard ships. The report provides a minimum set of recommended measures for the resilience of networks and networked systems onboard against cyber-related risks. This recommendation regards computer networks which are vulnerable to potential cyber events.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of Indian Register of Shipping, who will be assuming his role as Chair of IACS for 2019, refers to the latest cyber security and digitalization initiatives that IRClass has taken as well as to the global trends concerning shipping market.
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