IAPH cyber guidelines passed IMO MSC, onto FAL
At last week’s IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 104), consideration was given to IAPH’s submission outlining the recently finalised version of the Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities and calling for its inclusion in the next version of the IMO Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management. This was well received by the Committee. Its chair, Mayte Medina (United States), proposed a request to the secretariat to update the IMO guidelines, subject to agreement at the next meeting of the Facilitation Committee (FAL 46) that is due to take place in May 2022. This will provide the necessary recognition and promotion of the IAPH guidelines as is commonly the case in IMO with industry guidelines. We will be liaising with the IMO secretariat shortly to consider further targeted action ahead of FAL 46. Meanwhile, the guidelines are receiving wide industry and media coverage, for instance from the Center for International Maritime Security, The Journal of Commerce, Maritime Executive, Port Technology International and Port Strategy. Members of the IAPH working group that drafted the guidelines will be introducing them at various events in the coming weeks, including at TOC Connect Live and Virtual and SmartPorts Barcelona.