NYK Receives Delivery Of First Ever VLCC With “CybR-G” Notation For Cyber Secured Ship Design

The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Tateshina, owned by NYK, was delivered today. The vessel was built at Nantong COSCO KHI Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS) in China.

By improving the shape of the ship’s bow, the wave-making resistance caused by the bow wave during navigation has been greatly reduced, and the propulsion performance has been improved. This ship is also equipped with energy-saving measures such as low-friction paint applied to the hull, high-efficiency large-diameter propellers, and ladder fins that regulate the water flow at the stern and reduce energy loss.

As a result, energy efficiency (carbon dioxide emissions per unit of transportation) is expected to improve by approximately 23% compared to conventional VLCCs, and the IMO’s phase 2 EEDI requirements* have been achieved.

New VLCC Tateshina
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In addition, the vessel has been given the Cyber Resilience-Guideline (CybR-G) notation by the Japanese classification society ClassNK. This is the first such grant of a cyber notation for a vessel in accordance with the “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships ” established by ClassNK. The notation acknowledges that the design is feasible for proper ship operation with cybersecurity taken into consideration.

Leading Classification Society ClassNK has granted Cyber Resilience-Guideline (CybR-G) notation to TATESHINA, an oil tanker built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd.(NACKS) for NYK Line. CybR-G notation represents that the ship design has incorporated cyber security measures in accordance with ClassNK’s “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships”, and that it is feasible for ship operation considering cyber security.

ClassNK has released “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships” by compiling best practices for new building designs of shipyards and shipowners, from the view of identifying computer systems to be protected from cyberattacks, and building a network to safeguard them. The second edition of the “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships” incorporates the international cyber security standards for industrial automation and control systems IEC 62443 series and the latest recommendations on cyber resilience for new ships (Rec. No. 166) published by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in May 2020.

Receiving the application from NACKS based on NYK Lines’s intent, ClassNK has carried out the verification in line with the Guidelines. Upon satisfactory completion of examining the documents/plan and results of risk assessments and on-site surveys, ClassNK has issued its first-class certificate with CybR-G notation.

Reference: nyk.com | classnk.or.jp

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