Shipping association BIMCO is taking initiatives to increase awareness about cyber security in a bid to prepare ship owners to avoid commercial, safety and environmental risks.
As part of this effort, BIMCO will focus on cyber security at its upcoming annual conference in Hamburg on 18 November.
In addition, the conference will deal with the management of maritime casualty crisis, amidst escalating numbers of shipping related accidents.
BIMCO secretary general Angus Frew said: "We will run two very interactive and engaging sessions on cyber security and on managing a crisis in the aftermath of a maritime casualty using the latest technology and involving leading experts in each field.
"The goal is for the sessions to be extremely useful for those working directly with these challenges, but also very engaging for all shipping professionals."
A session tilted 'Cyber Attack' will offer a live demonstration of known weaknesses in a ship's systems and the possibilities of an exploitation of such problems during an attack.
In addition, it will provide a platform to witness an expert assessment of current cyber security levels onboard ships and explore more about cyber attacks and countermeasures.
BIMCO marine department head Aron Sørensen said: "BIMCO is taking the lead in developing industry best management practise for cyber security onboard ships and we aim to share the latest developments during the session."
Meanwhile, a session on maritime casualty crisis, 'From Crisis to Clean-Up', will focus on how salvage experts and pollution clean-up specialists deal with such an event.
Moreover, it will discuss the necessity of collaboration between owners and charterers to manage the press as public criticism mounts over the pollution.
Image: BIMCO to focus on cyber security at its upcoming annual conference in Hamburg. Photo: courtesy of hyena reality/ freedigitalphotos.net.