MEO Group wins “word first” cybersecurity notation for crew boat

World Oil Staff May 15, 2023

(WO) — MEO Group has been awarded the ‘Cyber Managed Prepared’ notation by Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification. The notation was awarded to MEO Group’s new crew boat, Express 101, marking a world-first for a crew boat. MEO Group placed the order for five new executive crew boats in 2022 with Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International and Express 101 is the first of the five newly built executive crew boats delivered this month.

The Express 101 with new cybersecurity notation
Express 101, Courtesy of MEO Group

With the increasing connectivity of the maritime world, in-service vessels like crew boats are becoming a prime target for malicious cyber-attacks. There is a pressing need to protect vessels within cyberspace and by preparing its vessels’ cyber safety and security measures, MEO Group is taking a crucial first step towards protecting its vessels and preserving business continuity.

What does it mean to be ‘Cyber Managed Prepared’? The CYBER MANAGED Prepared notation provides a road map to build cyber-managed vessels. Concretely, with the BV Cyber Managed Prepared Notation system, it means that Express 101 will be ready to receive the CYBER MANAGED notation to protect its on-board computers against unauthorized access, misuse, modification, destruction or improper disclosure of the information generated.

David Barrow, Vice-President South Asia and Pacific, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said, “As shipping enters the digital era, vessels are becoming more connected. Having a robust cybersecurity framework is essential for safe, secure and resilient shipping operations. Our role at BV is to accompany companies with our technical expertise and knowledge of the highest industry standards, to help them progress in their smart journey with the confidence that the right safeguards are in place to protect their systems”.

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