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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 

ABB reports that the company's automation, propulsion and switchboard systems for vessels have successfully been verified to meet DNV’s class notation ‘Cyber secure SP0’, based on the IMO guidelines for cyber risk management.

Group Leader Cyber Safety and Security, DNV, Jarle Blomhoff, said: “Risk managers are now putting cyber security to the top of their list, in terms of shipping risks. The DNV Cyber secure class notation is in line with IMO regulations, and provides shipowners, shipyards and maritime insurers a class based formal structure for their cyber security initiatives. We are very pleased to be working with ABB on this type approval, as it demonstrates their intention to show they can deliver systems with a strategic and independently verified approach to cyber risk reduction.”

With this verification, ABB’s systems meet DNV’s ‘Cyber Secure SP0’, in line with IMO Resolution MSC.428(98), which requires the safety management system to take into account cyber risk management in accordance with the ISM Code. Alignment with IMO guidelines for cyber risk management validates the cyber security performance not only of ABB’s physical setup but also for the integrated products and system architecture. Additionally, it will simplify and speed up installation, commissioning and testing on board, reducing costs for the customer and supporting the shipowner’s own cyber management.

Ahmed Hassan, Head of Cyber Security, ABB Marine & Ports, said: “Strong cyber security is fundamental to safe shipping. At ABB, we have continuously demonstrated our commitment to maritime cyber security through research at our state-of-the-art laboratory and by collaborating with classification societies, shipowners and yards. Managing cyber security is a careful balance between risk, functionality and cost, and completing this key stage in the type approval demonstrates the advancements we have made in this area for our customers.”

ABB has opened a dedicated laboratory to model cyber security risks and help owners and operators to better manage their cyber risk exposure. Further, in 2020, a cruise ship featuring ABB solutions became the first vessel to achieve system compliance under DNV’s framework for integrated cyber security. DNV’s Cyber Secure class notation encompasses 10 essential functions including power generation, propulsion, steering and navigation.

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