ClassNK signs MoU on cybersecurity with Panama Maritime Authority

Source: press release, 25 November 2021

photo: ClassNK
photo: ClassNK

Classification Society ClassNK has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).

Panama, the world’s largest flag state, is making various efforts to improve the safety of its own vessels. On 17 November, PMA announced the establishment of a “Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme” to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are actually exposed to and to seek more pragmatic and effective measures to control the cyber risks. The scheme encourages all Panama-flagged vessels to report detected cyber incidents to PMA.

Under the MOU, ClassNK will provide its knowledge and experience cultivated so far to PMA for their efforts to ensure cyber security. As part of these efforts, the society will analyse the information collected from the cyber incident voluntary reporting scheme of PMA.

PMA’s Eng. Rafael Cigarruista, General Director of Merchant Marine says, “As a world largest flag sate, it is our duty to take action against cyber risk and contribute to the safety of maritime transport. In this occasion, we are very happy to conclude a MOU with ClassNK, a leading classification society putting effort into maritime cyber security. By integrating the knowledge and expertise from both flag state and classification society, we are confident in developing measures against cyber risks that are appropriate for the industry to deploy.”

ClassNK’s Hirofumi Takano, Executive Vice President, Director of Innovation Development Division says, “Sharing a common objective to build onboard cyber resilience by cross-industry approach, I am glad to embark the new partnership with PMA and contribute to maritime cyber security with our expertise. ClassNK has strived to develop rules and standards and conduct certification services based on outcomes gained through collaboration with front runners. We will continue to promote initiatives based on diverse partnerships and work to propose best practices related to ensuring cyber security suitable for shipping.”

PMA circular: MMN-22/2021-Voluntary Cyber Incident Reporting Scheme is available here: