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DNVGL and GARD raise cyber security awareness on board. Watch their 20 min video now at the below link. It is recommended for all companies to use the video in their efforts to prevent any cyber-related incidents in future:

https://www.dnvgl.com/maritime/webinars-and-videos/videos/cyber-security-awareness.html

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Cyber security is a complex subject and, sadly, cannot be fixed simply by purchasing a “magic box”. Neither can it be qualified in one single index or grade of security/risk. For illustrational purposes, cyber security can be divided into three categories: People, Technology and Processes. Each category is equally important and needs to be addressed on a continuous basis for your company to be(come) safer. Indeed, trying to solve the problem by working with only one or two of the categories will be much more expensive than working with all three of them for the same level of security/safety improvement. With that said, some attention to one or more of the categories is a lot better than no attention.

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The UK P&I Club have received the following update from local correspondents, PICC, regarding the high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM).

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NAPPO Regional Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM 33) states that all ships which have called an infested area during the period in which AGM is likely to contaminate them, especially from June to September, should be inspected and get an Inspection Certificate of Freedom from AGM before entering the NAPPO region (USA, Canada, Mexico).The Vessel without AGM inspection and certificate may be refused entry to the NAPPO region, redirected to other destinations and may be subject to penalties.

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A reminder that during this time it can be expected that Port State inspectors increase their efforts to prevent the spread of this invasive species, especially on the North American Continent.

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On 10 October 2017, the Netherlands-flagged general cargo vessel 'Ruyter' ran aground off Rathlin Island when the master, who was the watchkeeper, left the bridge unattended. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the incident, noting that the master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch, but the chief officer had been satisfied that the master was fit for watchkeeping duties.

The incident

At about 2311 (UTC1+2) on 10 October 2017, the Netherlands-registered general cargo vessel 'Ruyter' ran aground on the north shore of Rathlin Island, UK. There were no resulting injuries or pollution. Ruyter’s bow shell plating and frames were damaged by the grounding, which resulted in flooding of the bow thruster space and forward voids. At 0022 the following day, the vessel was refloated without assistance and, after inspection at Carlingford Lough, proceeded to Belfast for temporary repairs.

The investigation found that Ruyter grounded because no action had been taken to correct a deviation from the ship’s planned track. The master, who was the sole watchkeeper, had left the bridge, and the bridge navigational watch alarm system, which could have alerted the chief officer to the fact that the bridge was unmanned, had been switched off.

The master had been consuming alcohol before taking over the watch, contrary to the company’s policy. The chief officer had previously been concerned over the master’s regular excessive consumption of alcohol, but at the watch handover had been satisfied that the master was fit to take the watch.