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Bernard Twomey

Bernard Twomey, BEng, CEng, FIET, MIMechE, FIMarEST, Bernard Twomey Consulting Ltd 

The ‘cyber enabled ship’ – what are the risks and what are the mitigations?


The introduction of technologies that provide ‘off ship’ support is moving forward at a rapid rate and is a technology embedded by a number of manufacturers.

Where are the boundaries of the system when ‘off ship’ support is provided and what level of assurance is required to ensure this does not introduce a key hazard when utilising this technology? In the event of a malicious attack, the risk may not be covered if clause CL 380 is included in the insurance policy.  Where the event is non-malicious with the same outcome as a malicious attack, what stance will be taken by the insurance companies?  Is the safety of the vessel maintained and does ‘off ship’ access have an impact on the continued classification of the vessel?

What is the impact of ‘off ship’ support on the ship’s staff, and what role the human plays when the ‘off ship’ support technology is activated?  Will the role of the engineering staff change and could they be considered as a contributing factor to a key hazard if the ‘off ship’ support fails?  Can the staff rely on the results of day analytics, what evidence exists to demonstrate that the attributes of data that preserve safety are adequately considered?  What’s happening at IMO and how are the Flag States reacting.

This paper will address these questions and look at the risks associated with the adoption of this technology and the potential solutions to mitigate the risk to a tolerable level.

Date: Thursday 30 March 2017

Venue: Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

Programme: 1800 hours tea | 1830 hours lecture | 1930 hours reception | 2100 hours close

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About Bernard Twomey

Bernard Twomey formed Bernard Twomey Consulting Ltd in 2016 following various roles within the Electrotechnical discipline at Lloyd’s Register Marine where he had worked since 1993, latterly as Global Head of Electrotechnical Systems. He previously spent 12 years in the merchant navy and has a BEng in electro-mechanical power engineering from Loughborough University.

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