Hyundai Heavy Gets LR’s First Digital Component Type Approval

The world’s largest shipbuilding company recently became the first to obtain a Lloyd’s Register (LR) approval for a digital component as it received green light to use the technology for its Integrated Smartship Solution (ISS).

The type approval of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ line network security component confirms it complies with LR requirements for components that are part of digital systems onboard ships.

LR said that this was the first ever type approval of a digital component. Digital type approval can apply to both elements within information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems.

As explained, HHI’s network security component plays an important role as it establishes a barrier between controlled internal networks and untrusted outside networks. This helps to mitigate against information and operational vulnerabilities, as an increasing amount of data is stored, processed and transmitted by digital systems onboard ships.

“We are glad to receive this digital type approval certificate from LR for the first line network security component of our smart ship system, ISS,” Hyung-Kwan Kim, HHI Senior Executive Vice President, commented.

“We will continue our efforts to lead the digitalization of the marine and offshore industry in order to maximize the benefit for our customers with new technology, ensuring it is applied safely.”

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