New OCIMF Pre-Fixture Tanker Vetting Cyber Requirement

While the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has given ship owners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber risk into ships’ safety management systems, tanker owners and operators that are subject to vetting under the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report Program (SIRE) Program will be expected to address cybersecurity risks in their policies and procedures as of January 1, 2018.

In his article for Gard, Eversheds Sutherland Counsel James Textor discusses that owners should make best efforts to comply, especially to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in vessels’ safety management systems and ship security plans.

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