As companies embrace digitization and digitalization of their workflow, the risk of cyber-attacks increases. Remote surveys and inspections, as well as IoT-driven data analytics, can all provide new opportunities for hackers. Therefore, it is essential for maritime companies to have a robust cyber risk management plan in place.

Automation, digitization and integration drive maritime industries now more than ever. The maritime infrastructure is more reliant on cyber technology. Consequently, cyber security has been a major cause of alarm in maritime industry.

Today’s global maritime sector is increasingly dependent on digitization, operational integration, and automation. The widespread and rapid implementation of IT systems and internet communications for ships at sea 

The world economy is heavily dependent on maritime transport, as most of the international trade is carried out by sea. Delay in shipping can result in severe financial loss, especially for the management team in the distribution channel. 

Cybersecurity refers to the technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect an organization’s intellectual property, customer data, and other sensitive information from unauthorized access by cybercriminals. 

Commissioning testing of ballast water management systems is an essential step in ensuring that these systems are functioning properly and effectively treating ballast water before it is released into the environment.

Vessels sailing in US waters must comply with the US maritime regulations on ballast water discharge and exchange, essentially as the US is not a signatory of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

Ballast water has been an integral component of the ship’s stability. It reduces stress on the hull, balances off for the weight loss due to consumption of water and fuel, provides better maneuverability with sufficient vessel draft, including ship propeller immersion, and also helps in improving living conditions of the crew aboard by reducing vibrations and uncontrolled vessel’s movements. 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed many international conventions to protect the safety of the crew, cargo, and the environment. Nonetheless, maritime accidents still happen resulting in losses of lives, property, and damage to the marine environment.

Maritime digitalization is the integration of digital technologies into the shipping industry to improve efficiency, safety, and sustainability. One of the key aspects of this digital transformation is the use of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

Today one of the most-discussed topics in the shipping industry is that of “sustainability.” 

There is a growing awareness in the maritime world about the need for sustainable shipping and the various ways to implement the same. While we are aware of the large-scale impact sustainability can have, the advantage of a sustainable future on a personal level is still unfathomable. 

As the shipping industry continues to evolve, regulations surrounding the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships have become increasingly important. The European Union has implemented the EU Ship Recycling Regulations (EUSRR) which require all vessels flying an EU member state flag, or any flagged vessel calling EU member state ports, to carry a valid Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) onboard. This certificate must detail any hazardous materials found within the vessel’s construction and equipment, as well as their location and quantity.

As discussed earlier, the presence of hazardous substances on ships is widespread and it is questionable whether they will be eliminated as they are essential for the construction 

The presence of hazardous substances on ships is widespread and it is questionable whether they will be eliminated as they are essential for the construction and maintenance of a ship.

An IHM gives insight into the presence of dangerous substances on board a ship and thus minimizes the risks to the health of employees and the environment. 

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