BIMCO, Safety at sea webinar: Fortifying defences to meet IMO 2021 deadline


BIMCO and  Safety at Sea will be hosting an engaging and informative webinar on 11 August that will include the results of their Maritime Cyber Security survey to inform briefings and discussions among maritime experts.

Ship owners and managers have until 1 January 2021 to incorporate cyber risk management into their Safety Management System (SMS) or risk their vessels being detained by port state control.

However, it is not just an increased risk in detentions facing shipping; there have been reports of a 400% increase in attempted hacks on the maritime and offshore sectors from cyber criminals looking to exploit companies diverted by COVID-19. Now, more than ever, shipping must ensure their organisation is cyber resilient.

The webinar will share best practice on how the industry and individuals must fortify their defences to comply with regulatory demands in time for the 2021 deadline and limit the impact of cyberattacks to IT infrastructure and operation down time.

Register now for an engaging and informative 60-minute webinar on Tuesday 11 August 2020, 3pm BST.

Attendees will come away with a clear understanding of:

  • The scale and various forms of cyber threats facing maritime companies and COVID-19’s impact on the risks.
  • How to effectively cyber train staff onshore and at sea.
  • How to assess and address unique cyber risks in an organisation and its supply chains.
  • Practical steps to achieve compliance with the cyber-focused regulatory requirements of the ISM Code by January 2021. From identifying vulnerabilities on interconnected systems on board vessels to developing a risk management framework to identify, protect, detect and respond to and recover from cyber threats.


  • Cris DeWitt, Operational Technology Cyber Strategist, Cyber Mariner
  • Jakob P Larsen, Head of Maritime Security, BIMCO
  • Jarle Blomhoff, Group Leader Cyber Safety & Security, DNV GL
  • Rachael Bardoe, Operations Director and Cyber CoE, Digital Container Shipping Association


  • Tanya Blake, Editor, Safety at Sea
Mette Kronholm Frænde
in Copenhagen, DK


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