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COSCO Shipping newbuild receives Cyber-enabled notation

January 22nd 2018
The newbuild COSCO Shipping Aries has become the first container ship to receive LR’s Cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM’ for autonomous or remote control of its energy management system, in compliance with the revised version of LR’s Cyber-enabled ships ShipRight procedure, issued in December 2017.

LR’s descriptive note provides an Accessibility Level (AL) for autonomous/remote access for a system, ranging from the information-only AL0 (no access) and AL1 (manual access) through AL2 (cyber access for remote or autonomous monitoring) up to the highest AL5 (autonomous monitoring and control, with no onboard permission required or override possible).

The AL3 notation given to COSCO Shipping Aries is defined by LR as ‘Cyber access for autonomous/remote monitoring and control (onboard permission is required and onboard override is possible).’

“MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20,000 TEU level ultra large container ship built in a Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines. She is not only one of the largest container ships in the world, but also a ship with high cyber functions,” said Shi Yongxin, safety and technology department general manager, COSCO Shipping Container Line.

“We have always attached great importance to a cyber enabled fleet, in order to enhance fleet management, reduce energy consumption and control emissions. In the field of the cyber enabled ship, LR has great research findings and well established requirements.”

“During the construction of the MV COSCO Shipping Aries, we are very fortunate to have great support from LR and finally, successfully obtain the first AL3 level descriptive note for an ultra large container ship in the world. This ensures our goal is successfully achieved. We hereby express our heart-felt gratitude and look forward to more cooperation between the two sides in the field of the cyber enabled ship.”

’Cyber-enabled systems’ are considered by LR to be ship systems that would conventionally be controlled by the crew but which, through recent advances in IT and Operational Technology (OT), now include the capability to be monitored, or monitored and controlled, either remotely or autonomously with or without a crew onboard.

This could range from simple remote monitoring with a crew onboard through to a fully autonomous vessel without a crew. Consequently, as the risks can vary considerably, the assessment of cyber-enabled systems requires a risk-based approach to identify the hazards introduced by cyber-enablement and to mitigate the associated risks, LR says.