North P&I Recommends Cyber Risk Assessment Platform
North P&I Club has announced details of a new benefit for members to encourage them to better understand their vulnerabilities to cyber-risk and to improve their cyber-security processes and systems. From today, North P&I members can receive a 20% discount on evaluation platform, HACyberLogix. The threat of cyber-risk is at the forefront of the shipping industry in the wake of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks earlier this year. Through an assessment of the policies, processes and technologies that contribute to their cybersecurity posture across 12 different areas…
Global Shipping Feels Fallout from Maersk Cyber Attack
Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains. The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping.
North P&I Encourages Use of Seagulls' Crew Evaluation System
North P&I Club is encouraging its ship owner members to consider the crew evaluation and benchmarking service offered by Seagull Maritime AS through an exclusive partnership between the two organizations. The initiative is part of North's campaign to support its members in their aim to attract, recruit and retain the ‘right crew’ for their ships. Over the next 12 months any North shipowner member wishing to assess its existing and potential crew members – whether directly employed…
North P&I Club Joins Cyber Crime Fight
North P&I Club joined a collaboration between shipping industry leaders, including BIMCO, DNV GL and the Marshall Islands Registry, to combat cyber criminals by committing to the CSO Alliance’s global information and reporting platform for digital attacks. Cybercrime is a rapidly growing global threat in all industries and shipping is not immune. Digital risks have industry-wide implications, and strength in numbers is the best defence against a threat that is dynamic, rapidly evolving, and multiplies when a weakness is identified.
How to Avoid Claims for Self-cooking Cargo
North P&I Club has advised its members to be extra vigilant during loading and transport of soya beans to ensure they do not get blamed for cargoes that start ‘cooking’ at sea. The advices comes in the latest issue of its loss prevention newsletter Signals. According to North’s loss prevention director Tony Baker, "We have recently experienced a number of high value claims in China associated with damage to soya beans exported from South America. He says China Inspection and Quarantine may test any suspect cargo on arrival but the ship may not necessarily be aware of the results.
North P&I Club: Be Cyber Aware at Sea
North P&I Club is continuing its drive to highlight the range of cyber threats facing shipowners through active support of the new international ‘Be Cyber Aware At Sea’ campaign. The campaign is a global maritime and offshore industry initiative to raise awareness of the increasing maritime cyber threats to international shipping, ports and offshore operations. According to North’s deputy loss prevention director Colin Gillespie, ‘More than 90% of world trade, including the global transportation of energy, is by sea.
North P&I Publishes Loss Prevention Guide on Bulk Cargoes
The 175 million GT, ‘A’ rated North P&I Club has published a major new guide for the international shipping industry on how to reduce losses when carrying bulk cargoes by sea. The 280-page Bulk Cargoes: A Guide to Good Practice adds to North’s comprehensive portfolio of guidance provided about different cargo types and is the first to be made available in both print and e-book formats. Bulk Cargoes explains the basic rules to be remembered on every occasion during loading, carriage and unloading of bulk cargoes.
BIG DATA & Maritime: The Downside
There is no question that the era of "Big Data" -- and all that those two words encompass -- will be transformational in the maritime market for the coming generation. There is no stopping the data trend, and today's generation demands it from a social aspect and needs it to be efficient in business operation. While the upside to big data has been recorded often, the North P&I Club has warned its members that despite the enormous benefits of digital technology on and around ships, there may also be some downsides.
Caution on Hiring W. Africa Armed Guards
North P&I Club advises shipowners to be careful about employing piracy protection armed guards in west Africa. According to the Club's new loss prevention briefing entitled West African Piracy, standard solutions and contracts for hiring armed guards on the other side of Africa, such as BIMCO's Guardcon form, may be inappropriate for the very different situation in the Gulf of Guinea, Bight of Benin and Bight of Bonny. ‘BIMCO Guardcon has been drafted specifically in response to the piracy situation in the Indian Ocean and the circumstances found in west Africa are quite different…