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Free cyber ship seminar

How easy is it to hack into a ship control system? Delegates at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) can learn at a free seminar ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ cyber security protection should be standard’, during London Shipping Week.

IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie says: “Informed knowledge suggests ‘Don’t think ­if I get hacked; think when I get hacked’ – we must all be prepared for those ‘when’ moments and know what action we can take. Forewarned is forearmed. An expert will be joining us during the reception to demonstrate on computer hardware, as used on a vessel, just how hacking can take place.

“This will be after a busy afternoon during which we will be covering the threat update; cyber security in offshore contractor vessel operations and from the perspective of a tanker operator; and the views from equipment manufacturers and classification societies on how best to address cyber security issues, particularly when dealing with third party access to vessel systems. These presentations will be followed by a panel debate; and work stream outputs resulting from the afternoon’s presentations and discussions.

“It is envisaged that discussions at the seminar may lead to the establishment of an industry project on guidelines for third-party access procedures. Delegates will also benefit from updates on the latest threats, protection and response measures and sharing of expertise from across the industry.”

The seminar, at the De Vere Conference Rooms in Canary Wharf, London is aimed at vessel operators/owners – vessel masters, data protection administrators, company and ship security officers – OEMs (vessel equipment suppliers), consultants and other service providers.

For the full programme visit the IMCA website; Those eager to attend the seminar should contact

More details on IMCA and its work on behalf of the offshore marine construction industry at


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