SHI’s smart ship design wins Bureau Veritas cyber security AiP

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) under Bureau Veritas’ (BV) Cyber Managed Prepared notation for its smart ship solution.

SHI is said to be the first shipbuilding company to formally receive AiP from BV for its design of a liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier.

Courtesy of Bureau Veritas

The certificate was delivered to the vice president of SHI, Hyun Joe Kim, by the chief country executive of BV Korea, Christophe Capitant, during a ceremony at SHI R&D Centre in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

As informed, the AiP was delivered for SHI’s “SVESSEL” smart ship solution, which focuses on the complete digitalisation of the ship and its applications to efficiently and safely assist operations.

BV’s Cyber Managed Prepared notation confirms the design’s compliance with the industry’s best practices and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2021 requirements in terms of cyber security, the certification body explained.

According to SHI, the company is confident that the “SVESSEL” solution will strengthen its success and position in the marine and offshore market, which is moving towards autonomous ships in the future.

“Strong cyber security is key to enable shipping to move on to the next level of digitalized and connected ships. For years, SHI has been at the forefront of innovative design and equipment, helping our clients address the risk of cyber-attacks while complying with the current rules and regulations. All the efforts and good collaboration with BV’s expertise led to the issuance of this Approval in Principle”, Hyun Joe Kim, vice president of SHI, said.

Laurent Leblanc, senior vice president Technical & Operations at BV Marine & Offshore, added: “Bureau Veritas is proud to see the successful completion of this AiP with SHI upon the development of this design of an LNG carrier with BV Cyber Managed Prepared notation. This announcement demonstrates it is a viable solution that will support the journey towards smart and autonomous ship technology and cyber security. We are also excited to see this cooperation pave the way for further successes for both SHI and BV in the development of technologies for smart and autonomous shipping and cyber security”.

Earlier this year, SHI signed an agreement with its compatriot Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering to foster technology exchange in the field of smart and eco-friendly ships and share its smart ship system.

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Last year, the shipbuilding company also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korean HMM to collaborate in the research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship solutions.

As part of the MoU, HMM adopted “SVESSEL”, which was applied to five out of twelve 24,000 TEU mega containerships delivered to HMM during 2020.