Classification society DNV GL has signed a contract for the first Cyber Secure class notation with Stena Drilling. The contract covers the application of the “Basic+” notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and includes the vessel’s dynamic positioning, drilling, and blowout prevention systems. It will be integrated with Stena Drilling’s own safety management systems.

Stena Drilling and DNV GL sign contract for first Cyber Secure class notation
Caption: Drilling ship Stena IceMax - Image courtesy of Barlovento

“The shipping industry needs to build resilience against cyber-attacks, which have proliferated over the past few years. This becomes even more critical as vessels develop higher degrees of autonomy,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “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. We can look back on a long-standing partnership, and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration in the future,” he added.

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. 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.

Caption: Signing ceremony of the Cyber Secure notation for Stena Drilling’s Stena IceMAX drillship (from left to right): Henning Stokke (Fleet Responsible, DNV GL), Eirik Reinertsen (CCO, Stena Drilling), Erik Rønsberg (CEO, Stena Drilling), Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (CEO, DNV GL – Maritime), Torgeir Sterri (Regional Manager West Europe, DNV GL), Olav Haugehåtveit (Senior Engineer, DNV GL), and Pål Børre Kristoffersen (Principal Consultant, DNV GL).

“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,” said Stena Drilling CEO Erik Rønsberg. “It also fits into our strategy of being innovative and ahead of compliance, making our vessels as attractive as possible in today’s demanding market.”

The Cyber Secure class notations have three different qualifiers: “Basic”, “Advanced” and “+”. “Basic” is primarily intended for ships in operation, while “Advanced” has been designed to be applied throughout the newbuilding process, with requirements for asset owners and operators, system integrators (e.g. yards), and equipment manufacturers. The “Basic” and “Advanced” qualifiers cover a number of essential systems, including propulsion, steering, navigation, and power generation. The third qualifier, “+”, is intended for systems that are not part of the default scope of “Basic”/”Advanced”.

Source: DNV GL