MAN Energy Solutions’ aftersales division, PrimeServ, has made a new digital addition to its retrofit portfolio, MAN EngineVault, which helps shipowners prepare for developments in marine cyber security
IMO, SIRE and SOLAS are all set to introduce cyber security guidelines from 1 January 2021 that will require operators to address these issues.
EngineVault will revitalise existing engines and machinery including auxiliary systems, instrumentation and control systems that have operated in the field for multiple years by protecting the main engine networks from cyber attacks.
The system combines state-of-the-art software and hardware that provides firewall protection, comprehensive whitelisting and application-layer protection that seals engine networks off from any known threat including threats from compromised USB drives and physical media.
PrimServ Copenhagen vice president Michael Petersen said “Data is shaping the future of shipping. Engine data in particular is essential to help our customers make smarter decisions and better predictions. We realise the increase in digitalisation and network-based systems also increases vulnerability for cyber attacks that can potentially paralyse entire businesses. Therefore, implementing defensive barriers – also for your vessels’ main engines – should be an essential element in proactive cyber security management.”
EngineVault has been subject to inhouse testing and was field tested aboard Adriatic Gas, a semi-refrigerated carrier owned by UltraShip, a Danish shipping group.
Mr Petersen said PrimeServ aimed to contribute to areas where the company could provide unique benefits to their customers, adding “It is our firm belief that cross-industry co-operation is essential to the success of the digital transition the industry is currently experiencing, and in this respect we thank Ultra Ship for their role in helping to bring MAN EngineVault to the market.”
MAN EngineVault will come as standard in newly built ME-engines from May 2020.