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LR releases type approval system for cyber enabled components

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has released details of its new type approval process for cyber enabled components on board ships, with the aim of offering an assurance system to provide confidence in the market for the supply of cyber enabled components.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}LR’s ‘Type Approval Requirements for components within Cyber Enabled Systems on board Ships – Procedure for Network and Network-related devices’, will also incorporate consideration of the functioning of a cyber enabled system, including elements like cyber security, in addition to the traditional type approval of equipment.

The procedure will address production quality assessment in the supply chain, marine environment testing for cyber enabled components, as well as verification of their cyber functions, such as communication and cyber security.

“Type approval will work together with LR’s Cyber Enabled ShipRight document, providing type approved components to use in cyber systems, such as predictive maintenance and performance optimisation,” said LR Marine & Offshore innovation strategy and research director, Luis Benito.

“Together this offers the complete cyber solution for the future, from components to systems to functions.”

LR already issued its first guidance on cyber enabled ships in February 2016, ‘Deploying Information and Communications Technology in Shipping – Lloyd’s Register’s Approach to Assurance’. This identified the elements that constitute a cyber enabled ship and the activities that need to take place to ensure that cyber technology does not introduce a safety risk.

This was followed by the introduction of the ShipRight procedure, which details LR’s framework for accepting cyber technology at varying levels of autonomy – from ships with the most basic decision support tools to vessels that are fully autonomous – identifying the assessments, processes and considerations that need to be followed.

Cyber security is addressed as one of the six risk areas studied for connected ships, and requirements are included within the ShipRight Procedure. Without meeting these LR says that it is not possible to certify the level of autonomy as safe. The first ships to be classed with LR’s cyber notations were delivered in May this year.{/mprestriction}

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