– We follow a structured process to ensure thorough assessment and enhancement of cybersecurity measures:

  1. Questionnaire Completion
  2. Discussion of Penetration Testing Methods (Black Box, Grey Box, White Box)
  3. Test Execution by Our Expert Engineers
  4. Delivery of Detailed Report with Findings
  5. Assistance with Mitigation Strategies

– Before beginning the penetration testing process, we’ll ask you to complete a comprehensive questionnaire.

– This questionnaire helps us gather essential information about your vessels, networks, and existing security measures.

Once we receive the completed questionnaire, we’ll schedule a web meeting discussion to talk about the penetration testing methods.

– Our team of experienced engineers will then proceed with the penetration testing.

– They will simulate real-world cyber-attacks to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your cybersecurity defenses.

After completing the testing phase, we’ll compile all findings into a detailed report.

– This report will provide insights into identified vulnerabilities, potential risks, and recommended actions for mitigation.

– We understand that addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities is crucial for safeguarding your vessels and assets.

– Our team will assist you in implementing effective mitigation strategies to address the findings identified in the report.

– Additionally, we can provide guidance on best practices and security measures to prevent future cyber threats.

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Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has reported that there is a suspicious investment software in the market that is using the OOCL logo without authorization.

The software claims to offer high returns on investments. However, OOCL has no connection or affiliation with the software or its developers.
In a statement warning its clients, OOCL says: “We do not endorse or recommend it in any way.

“OOCL does not offer any investment product or service via any channel and we urge you to exercise caution and vigilance when dealing with any online platforms or applications that offer such products or services under OOCL’s name. Such platforms or applications may be fraudulent, illegal, or harmful to your interests.

“If you encounter any such platforms or applications, please do not provide any personal or financial information, and do not download or install any software or files. We also advise you to report any suspicious activities to the relevant authorities and OOCL Customer Service via your usual contact.

“We appreciate your continued support and trust in OOCL. We are committed to providing you with the best quality and reliable services. We also take our information security and brand protection very seriously, and we will take appropriate actions to safeguard our interests and those of our customers.”

DP World Australia, one of the country’s largest ports operators, said on Monday operations had resumed at all its facilities after a cyber security incident forced it to suspend operations for three days.

The breach had crippled operations at the company, which manages about 40% of the goods that flow in and out of Australia, affecting its container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Western Australia’s Fremantle.

“Operations resumed at the company’s ports across Australia at 9 a.m. today (2200 GMT, Sunday) … following successful tests of key systems overnight,” the company, part of Dubai’s state-owned DP World, said in a statement.

DP World expects to move about 5,000 containers from the four Australian terminals through the day, although ongoing investigation and responses to protect its networks could result in temporary disruptions over the next few days.

“This is a part of an investigation process and resuming normal logistical operations at this scale,” DP World said.

After spotting the breach on Friday, DP World, one of a handful of stevedore industry players in Australia, disconnected internet, significantly impacting freight movements.

Australia has seen a rise in cyber intrusions since late last year, prompting the government in February to reform rules and set up an agency to help coordinate responses to hacks.

“(The DP World breach) does show how vulnerable we have been in this country to cyber incidents and how much better we need to work together to make sure we keep our citizens safe,” Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil told ABC Radio.

The breach comes as the government on Monday released some details of its proposed cyber security laws that would force companies to report all ransomware incidents, demands or payments.

DP World did not specify if it received any ransomware demands.

O’Neil said the rules would also bring telecommunication companies under “strict cyber requirements”, after an outage last week at telco Optus cut off internet and phone connections to nearly half of Australia’s population for about 12 hours.


(Reuters – Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Lincoln Feast)

Danish bridge simulator specialist Force Technology has launched SimFlex Cloud, a dedicated software-as-a-service (Saas) solution offering highly realistic navigation training.

SimFlex Cloud provides global onshore and onboard access to Force Technology’s SimFlex simulator and simulator engine and model library. SimFlex offers user-friendly access to next generation mixed reality simulation, using both Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headsets to maximise realism and immersion.

Force Technology customers can configure training with SimFlex Cloud however best suits their organisational structure and training needs. The system optimises maritime cloud simulator training with qualified instructors from Force Technology or the customer’s own network in control of all learning aspects, communication, exercise creation and delivery, debriefing and evaluation for live participants located anywhere in the world.

SimFlex Cloud can also be used as a self-study tool, giving junior officers, experienced captains and senior officers the ability to practice their skills whenever and wherever they can, using a laptop or desktop PC and monitor set up, as well the optional VR or AR headsets for even greater realism.

For ship managers and shipping companies, SimFlex Cloud provides a means to reduce and optimise training budgets while increasing the quality of the technical training available to staff. Flexible and scalable licencing options ensure that customers only pay for exactly what they use, while providing the ability to reduce or increase investment based on current requirements. Further, the connected nature of SimFlex Cloud ensures that users will always have the most recent content and training methods available.

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DUBLINAug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Maritime Satellite Communication Market by Component (Solutions and Services), Solution (VSAT and MSS), Service (Tracking and Monitoring, Voice, Video, Data), End User (Merchant Shipping, Offshore, Government), and Region – Global Forecast to 2025” report has been added to’s offering.

The global maritime satellite communication market is expected to reach USD 3,251 million by 2025, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.1% during the forecast period.

The escalating need for enriched data communication to improve operation efficiency, on-board security, and surveillance, and employee/passenger welfare in the maritime industry is driving the market. Furthermore, The major factor driving the maritime satellite communication market is the need to attain improved connectivity between the land and sea operations and realizing benefits in faster repair times, preventative maintenance, fuel-saving, and real-time navigation.

Solutions segment to lead the maritime satellite communication market in 2020

As more and more commercial and government mariners are moving toward deploying satellite-based communication services, absolute communication technology is required. Solutions comprise two types of marine satellite communication VSAT and MSS. The players in the maritime satellite communication market are moving from MSS towards VSAT to offer clients with affordable communication services and increased bandwidth. Modernizing ship management systems to improve engine and systems maintenance, navigation, weather information, and cargo tracking is gaining momentum in maritime VSATapplications.

Merchant shipping segment among end-user to lead the maritime satellite communication market in 2020

Merchant shipping is mainly used for carrying passengers or cargo for commercial purposes. Owing to the necessity to operate ships efficiently, enhance overall business operation, and ensure crew loyalty and satisfaction, the crew owners are increasingly deploying maritime satellite communication systems. In recent years, satellite communication technology has become advanced, which enables ships to communicate through satellite links from anywhere globally without the help of a specialist radio officer. This technological advancement helps merchants gain higher profit through reliable communication services that maintain operational efficiency.

APAC to lead the maritime satellite communication market in 2020

The maritime satellite communication market in APAC is the largest in terms of market size and is highly fragmented based on multi-currencies and multi-languages. The region comprises a diverse range of countries, from economically and technologically advanced countries, such as the UK and Germany, to severely debt-ridden countries, such as Greece and Austria. The UK, PolandSpain, and Germany are the leading countries in the European maritime satellite communication market. The total contactless spending has grown in these countries with the increasing circulation of contactless cards and terminals by card companies, such as Visa and Mastercard.

Research Coverage

The report segments the global maritime satellite communication market by component(solutions and services), Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), end-user, and region. The report includes an in-depth competitive analysis of key players in the maritime satellite communication market, along with their company profiles, recent developments, and key market strategies.

Major vendors in the global maritime satellite communication market include Inmarsat (UK), Iridium Communications (US), Thuraya (UAEHughes Network Systems (US), KVH Industries (US), Viasat (US), Speedcast (Australia), ST Engineering (Singapore), NSSLGlobal (England), Marlink (France), ORBOCOMM (US), Navarino (Greece), Network Innovations (Canada), GTMaritime (England), AST Group (UK), Isotropic Networks (Wisconsin), Norsat International (Ontario), Satcom Global (Canada), Intelsat (US), and Orbit Communication Systems (Israel).

Key Topics Covered

1 Introduction
1.1 Introduction to COVID-19
1.2 COVID-19 Health Assessment
1.3 COVID-19 Economic Assessment
1.4 Objectives of the Study
1.5 Market Definition
1.6 Market Scope
1.7 Currency Considered
1.8 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights
4.1 Attractive Opportunities in the Maritime Satellite Communication Market
4.2 Market, by Component and Region
4.3 Market, by Region
4.4 Market: Investment Scenario

5 Market Overview and Industry Trends
5.1 Market Dynamics
5.1.1 Drivers New Satellite Systems and Data-Intensive Applications to Drive the Growth of the Market Increased Technology Advancements and Less Expensive Technology Solutions Growth in Bandwidth Requirements and Communication Needs
5.1.2 Restraints Lack of Awareness About Advanced Maritime Satellite Services Reliance on High-Cost Satellite Equipment
5.1.3 Opportunities Increasing Demand for Broadband Connections and VSAT Connectivity High-Throughput Satellites to Unlock Cloud and IoT Services Unification of Satellites and Cellular Communication Technology
5.1.4 Challenges Increasing Cybersecurity Attacks Lack of Reliability and Flexibility of Satellite Communication Coping Up With Rapidly Changing Technologies
5.2 Industry Use Cases
5.2.1 Use Case 1: Inmarsat Global Xpress Helped Eukor Car Carriers for Its Fleet of 27 Vessels
5.2.2 Use Case 2: Thuraya Helped Devor Technologies to Bring Reliable, High-Speed Internet Connection to Offshore Maritime Operator
5.2.3 Use Case 3: Viasat Helped M/Y Starfire in Delivering High-Speed Connectivity to Support Luxury Guest Experience
5.2.4 Use Case 4: NSSLGlobal Helped MOL LNG by Providing Reliable Services for Managing Fleet of 15 LNG Carriers
5.3 Impact of Disruptive Technologies
5.3.1 Internet of Things
5.3.2 5G

6 COVID-19 Impact on Maritime Satellite Communication Market

7 Maritime Satellite Communication Market, by Component
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Solutions

8 Maritime Satellite Communication Market, by Solution
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Very Small Aperture Terminal
8.3 Mobile Satellite Services

9 Maritime Satellite Communication Market, by Service
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Tracking and Monitoring
9.3 Voice
9.4 Video
9.5 Data

10 Maritime Satellite Communication Market, by End-user
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Merchant Shipping
10.3 Fishing
10.4 Passenger Ships
10.5 Leisure Vessel
10.6 Offshore
10.7 Government
10.8 Others

11 Maritime Satellite Communication Market, by Region
11.1 Introduction
11.2 North America
11.3 Europe
11.4 Asia-Pacific
11.5 Middle East and Africa
11.6 Latin America

12 Competitive Landscape
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Competitive Leadership Mapping
12.2.1 Visionary Leaders
12.2.2 Dynamic Differentiators
12.2.3 Innovators
12.2.4 Emerging Companies
12.3 Strength of Product Portfolio
12.4 Business Strategy Excellence
12.5 Ranking of Key Players

13 Company Profiles
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Inmarsat
13.3 Iridium Communications
13.4 Thuraya
13.5 Hughes Network Systems
13.6 KHV Industries
13.7 Viasat
13.8 Speedcast
13.9 ST Engineering
13.10 NSSLGlobal
13.11 Marlink
13.12 Orbcomm
13.13 Navarino
13.14 Network Innovations
13.15 GTMaritime
13.16 AST Group
13.17 Isotropic Networks
13.18 Norsat International
13.19 Satcom Global
13.20 Intelsat
13.21 Orbit Communication Systems
13.22 Right-To-Win

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DUBLINAug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — published a new article on the electric boat industry “Electric Boats 2020: Technological Improvements in Lithium Ion Batteries are Changing Maritime Industry Attitudes”

The maritime industry has traditionally viewed electric boats as impractical. This is due mainly to concerns that an electric motor would not be able to supply the increased amount of power needed to move a boat versus a car as well as fears that electric boats would not have the range to cover long distances. However, these attitudes are beginning to change with improvements in lithium ion battery technology along with an increased focus on sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Yamaha recently launched a trial of its new HARMO system on the Otaru Canal in Hokkaido, Japan. HARMO integrates a twin electric boat motor with a next generation steering control system. Yamaha hopes to bring the HARMO system to the European market which is affected by increasing restrictions on the use of fossil fuel powered crafts on inland waterways. A Seattle based startup Zin Boats is also looking to prove that electric boats can be a practical and sustainable alternative to traditional boats. The Z2T and Z2R models use an all carbon fiber construction making them half the weight of a comparable craft while the BMW batteries offer a fast recharge and an 100 mile average range.

To see the full article and a list of related reports on the market, visit “Electric Boats 2020: Technological Improvements in Lithium Ion Batteries are Changing Maritime Industry Attitudes”

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The maritime space is now ready for disruption. A hundred years ago, a single ship was manned by 100 crew. Now, that’s just down to 15 or 30 at most. The trend continues as technology slowly replaces the jobs of seafarers.

Companies from startups to big businesses are developing autonomous ships that would run without a single crew on board. With today’s technology, these “crewless” vessel may soon roam the seven seas delivering cargoes to every port it calls to.

With the rise of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, smart data, 5G and the internet of things (IOT), these developments will serve as the building blocks for unmanned ships.

Human Error

Shipping accidents have plagued the oceans for many decades. Its not only costly but the effects like an oil spill lingers for decades. Human error is mostly at fault for they account 75% to 96% of marine accidents. Grounding, collision, fire, capsizing- you name them. Human element is involved.

Whenever a maritime incident occurs, the world turns its attention to shipping. This is because the magnitude is on a large scale and not only the environment is affected but human lives as well.

To minimize the human interface in a vessel, companies are racing to build autonomous ships. The “Captain” will be located somewhere on shore monitoring the vessel as it navigates. The ship itself will be packed with sensors aside from building it to be robust- able to withstand the toughest weather.

There are still debate as to the cost efficiency of unmanned ships since these will be very expensive to build including the technology required to run them. But since the human factor is taken out, crew expenses will also be removed. This includes seamen’s salary, their provision, insurance, living spaces, crew changes and many others. As the technology matures, autonomous tech may cost less as more robust and cheaper ones will be made available .


I asked my crew mates about unmanned vessels and they still believe that this will be possible after a hundred years. However, taking a second look about the equipment we have on board points to automation.

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) replaced the Radio Officer who was considered vital on board. He was very important that the ship is not allowed to sail without him. Then came the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) which replaced the paper charts. Many years ago, engineers would be on watch 24/7 inside the Engine Room. Now, we have Unmanned Machinery (UMS) Space where they can sleep all night in their cabins leaving the engine room without any person.

These developments- small as they may be, follows a trend of race to zero: reducing the number of people on board until only the machines are needed to keep them running. This may look like a long shot but with today’s technology, the future will be promising to those who are prepared.

What do you think of unmanned vessels?

Monitoring and running vessels will soon be made available using laptop or any mobile devices as the industry shifts to autonomous shipping.

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Understanding GPS spoofing in shipping: How to stay protected

Knowing exactly where you’re sailing and where to sail next is the most important part of a vessel’s navigation which can be accomplished by the use of GPS. Yet, what happens when your GPS gets spoofed? GPS spoofing, often leading to GPS outages, causes major disruptions to the shipping industry impacting safe navigation, leading to paralyzed shipping lanes, collisions and untraceable attacks.

The US order, according to Reuters, states that federal agencies should implement a plant to test infrastructure systems within one year, commenting that “disruption or manipulation of these services has the potential to adversely affect the national and economic security of the United States.”

Following the agreement, the US Transportation Department will recommend a backup GPS system or systems by the end of the year, while the testing of 11 technologies in Massachusetts and Virginia will be completed by May.

Moreover, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) estimated in one study that “a hypothetical disruption to GPS could result in $30 day period.

Therefore, it is of great importance to test US’s GPS infrastructure. The Commerce Department is conducting its independent source of precision time available within 180 days to both the public and private sector to assist critical infrastructure owners and operators.





Maritime cyber security, threats, trends, and relevant safeguards

Milan – Even more than within other sectors, across the maritime domain’s evolving landscape of real-time connectivity requirements, which provides data in order to optimize maritime operations and customer experience, there are increasing vulnerabilities onboard vessels, potentially leading to ever more disruptive incidents; in what follows, Giuseppe D’Agostino, Associate Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner at PwC, talks about the subject.

Maritime cyber security

Cyber Security is increasingly becoming a topic of great interest across all economic sectors. After all, the statistics speak for themselves: 30% of businesses believe there’s a high probability they could be target of a cyber attack (source: PwC Digital Trust Insights 2018); proceeds from cyber crime, particularly those of drug smuggling operations, are estimated to be close to 3,000 billion dollars (source: Serious & Organized Crime Threat Assessment); around 15% of companies indicated they had uncovered over 50 cyber incidents over the past year (source PwC Digital Trust Insights 2018), marking a trend that’s on the rise.

Figures regarding the consequences of cyber attacks are equally dire. For instance, data breaches at Yahoo in 2016, and at Equifax in 2017, resulted in 320 million dollars being knocked off its sale price, and in a 32% drop in its share value, respectively. Danish shipping and logistics giant Maersk fared not much better, following an attack employing NotPetya ransomware. It’s estimated that the significant impact on business that followed that incident translated to around $300 million in lost revenue. Analysis of concrete incidents such as these sheds some understanding on the potential economic aspects of a cyber attack, and indeed quantifies them.

The introduction of new technologies has opened new vulnerabilities for enterprises, which, therefore, require innovative approaches to cyber security. An overview of the global picture shows that by 2020 some 50 billion devices will be interconnected (Internet of Things), a trend that is reflected across the maritime domain, with exponential growth expected in the use of wearable devices and integrated sensors; 100% of new cars will, moreover, be connected by 2022; similarly the piece of news that stands out in the maritime sector has to be the upcoming launch of the world’s first autonomous ship, the Yara Birkeland.

Cyber criminals will try to exploit the vulnerabilities that new technologies inevitably carry, and companies are starting to plan for new control regimes as these new developments are rolled out. An analysis of this data clearly shows an increase in vulnerabilities and threats regarding Cyber Security, which results in a need to develop and implement a holistic approach to cyber security incidents, by acting on three separate levels: prevention, identification, and response.

In terms of prevention, for example, it is essential to integrate the principles of security and privacy within evolving business models, such as developing new services and systems (security by-design and by-default). Many studies have shown how the costs for the mitigation of a vulnerability grow exponentially as time elapses; solving a security bug in the development phase, for example, is clearly much easier and cheaper than working on a system in full operation. Another aspect related to the prevention of security incidents concerns external suppliers.

Maritime cyber security

The services provided by companies are becoming increasingly integrated within complex and geographically dispersed value chains, in which relations and data exchanges with third parties assume a predominant role. A company’s security, therefore, hinges on the security of the entire value chain. In addition, less structured suppliers increasingly constitute an entry point for attackers, making no company, however mature, immune from an attack.

No matter how effective the countermeasures implemented may be, it’s essential to be able to detect attacks in a timely manner. An example of how companies are addressing this need is in the setting up of ad hoc structures to perform monitoring and alerting; these structures are usually termed Security Operation Center (SOC) and are responsible for the collection, correlation and analysis of data in order to generate alerts and detect possible security breaches.

The GDPR, particularly the measures concerning data breach (which oblige violations of personal data to be reported within very short times), gives even greater emphasis to the importance of effective monitoring. The response to incidents, that is the containment and restoration of the components impacted, is crucial for damage containment. It is important to make use of adequate professional skills that can contain the incident quickly, ensure the collection of exhaustive data that can stand up in court, and understand the root cause as soon as possible, to ensure that it will not happen again in the future (lesson learned).

Figures show that in this context there are considerable possibilities for improvement, given that it’s estimated that, on average, it takes 197 days time to identify a data breach, and 69 days to contain it (source: 2018 IBM – Cost of a Data Breach Study). The growth in threats and attacks has made cyber threats one of the top 5 priorities for CEOs. In fact, firms often feel unprepared, and 57% of firms in Italy consider action in the field of Cyber Security & Data Protection a priority (source PwC Digital Trust Insights 2018).

In conclusion, the following 5 basic steps should form the basis of a strategic security program: 1. Ensure that Cyber Security strategy is aligned with business objectives and is adequately supported by the company management. 2. Identify the most critical data resources, and prioritize investments through risk analysis to anticipate threats. 3. Be aware of threats (Intelligence), their motivations, resources and methods of attack, to reduce the time between detection and response to an incident 4. Evaluate Cyber Security of third parties and partners across the value chain, ensuring compliance with security policies and procedures 5. Provide training for employees and collaborate with others to raise awareness of Cyber Security threats and response techniques. Increasing knowledge and understanding of the threats and actions to be taken will allow companies and enterprises to improve their resilience. The ability to respond effectively to these challenges will increasingly be a key distinguishing factor in the future, which will reward companies able to provide reliable cyber-ready services on the market, thus turning measures aimed at avoiding risks into true business opportunities.

Maritime cyber security, threats, trends, and relevant safeguards



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