DNV GL pens Cyber Security class notation deal with Stena Drilling

Classification society DNV GL has signed a contract for the first Cyber Secure class notation with offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling.

CEO of Stena Drilling Erik Rønsberg and CEO of DNV GL – Maritime Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen signing the class notation contract; Source: DNV GL

DNV GL said that the contract covered the application of the “Basic+” notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and included the vessel’s dynamic positioning, drilling, and blowout prevention systems.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said: “The shipping industry needs to build resilience against cyber-attacks, which have proliferated over the past few years. I am very pleased that Stena Drilling chose us as the preferred classification partner for enhancing their asset’s cyber resilience with our Cyber Secure notation.”

DNV GL’s Cyber Secure class notation establishes a baseline to identify cybersecurity levels for the main functions of a vessel, either in operation or during construction and offers owners and operators a framework to improve and demonstrate their cyber resilience.

According to the company, it gives owners and operators the flexibility to identify the threats and to assess and secure extra systems which are of particular importance to their operations.


Stena IceMax; Image by Rab Lawrence/Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license

Stena Drilling CEO Erik Rønsberg said: “Being cyber secure is an important step towards ensuring the digital integrity of our vessels, making sure that we take all the necessary safety precautions for our personnel and systems.”

The Cyber Secure class notations have three different qualifiers – Basic, Advanced, and “+.”

Basic is primarily intended for ships in operation, while Advanced was designed to be applied throughout the newbuilding process, with requirements for asset owners and operators, system integrators, and equipment manufacturers.

The “+” qualifier is intended for systems that are not part of the default scope of Basic or Advanced.


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