Cybersecurity Partnership Established to Protect Shippers


ClassNK, a Japan-based classification society which ensures the safety of vessels, has signed a partnership agreement with TÜV Rheinland, a specialist in testing, inspection and certification services.

According to a statement, the two companies will collaborate to provide digital services for safety, cybersecurity and privacy to the maritime sector.

As part of the partnership agreement, both parties will jointly develop and deliver a cybersecurity certification scheme, utilizing expertise gained from each company’s range of available services.

In addition to this, ClassNK will work with TÜV Rheinland to establish cybersecurity guidelines that target onboard software currently in development.

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The partnership is expected to offer the shipping industry efficient and pragmatic certification services that meet current standards of cybersecurity.

Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK President and CEO, said: “I am pleased to be able to further strengthen our collaborative relationship with TÜV Rheinland.

“Digital transformation is changing the way that business is conducted and offering more opportunities, while cybersecurity is an essential factor to its promotion and adoption in the maritime industry.

“Through the new partnership, we will do everything possible to overcome the cybersecurity challenges of the industry by combining TÜV Rheinland’s abundant expertise and our society’s accumulated knowledge and experience on management systems for ship operations as well as the structure, machinery and other components of ships themselves.”



Dr. Michael Fübi, Chairman of TÜV Rheinland, added: “Combining our expertise and experience in Industrial Services and Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT) and cybersecurity, we are one of the few organizations developing deep capabilities to offer this level of cybersecurity expertise to maritime industry which is concerned with the safety on-board vessel, compliance with regulatory requirements for cybersecurity, risk assessment and certification.

“The priority for TÜV Rheinland is to continue delivering its mature cybersecurity services to maritime sector across the globe to protect shareholder investment from cyberattacks and strengthen confidence of regulators and governments.”

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