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Cyber Security: Bunkering sector ‘no escape’ from digital risk

‘Any ship that is connected to the internet that doesn’t have up to date cyber security is a potential target.’

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The bunkering sector is as well exposed as other segments of the shipping industry to cyber security risks, representatives of Singapore-based maritime technology firms OSERV and Pragma tell Manifold Times.

Peter Schellenberger, Managing Director at OSERV, and Geoff Leeming, Partner at Pragma, both used the case example of a 2014 cyberattack on major fuel supplier World Fuel Services (WFS) that saw the firm lose $18 million.

The bunkering sector is increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals due to the nature of the industry’s transactions which are frequently conducted over e-mails, a convenient format for hackers to exploit and impersonate as sellers.

“The weakest link in terms of cyber security for a bunker transaction is the ship-board computers on vessels involved in bunkering transactions,” highlights Schellenberger.

“Any ship that is connected to the internet that doesn’t have up to date cyber security is a potential target, and the risk is that hackers or viruses will damage the ships ability to operate during the transaction with potentially catastrophic consequences. 

“If a bunkering ship was attacked during a refuelling operation, and the ship systems either cut out or were taken over, there’s significant potential for either a spill or a SOLAS incident.”

Leeming, meanwhile, points out that it is not only the big bunkering companies which are at risk of cyberattacks.

“In our experience, as cyber security is cutting edge and expensive, it tends to be only the larger companies that can afford to employ expert security teams,” he explains.

“So smaller companies – like bunkering firms – tend to have much more vulnerable IT security systems.  Any bunkering firm that has internet-connected systems on its vessels needs to take a very good look at its cyber-safety.”

Photo credit: OSERV
Published: 4 May, 2018

 

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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.

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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."

 

Photo credit: Kongsberg
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

 

Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 29 February 2024

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

Classification society DNV’s digital bunkering delivery platform FuelBoss on Monday (26 February) said German physical supplier BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

FuelBoss said the event marked an important milestone in our continued push to support all marine fuels.

Matthias Milz, Sales and Supply at BMT, said: "With the constant changes in marine fuels, leveraging tools like FuelBoss helps us maintain our edge." 

Leonard Haskamp, Sales, Supply and Biofuels at BMT, said: "It's not just about streamlining operations; it's about ensuring our customers are delighted with their fuel procurement and delivery experience."

According to FuelBoss, the following are considerations to take into account to utilise FuelBoss as solution for eBDN and Digital Delivery:

  • Time Efficiency: Save over 45 minutes per operation, boosting your operational efficiency significantly.
  • Advanced Insights & Transparency: Get a comprehensive overview of all operations, allowing real-time delivery updates, informed decision-making and optimisation.
  • Proven Expertise: With 2500+ successful operations across Europe, Asia and the Americas, our experience speaks volumes about our commitment and capability.

Martin Christian Wold, Head of Product at FuelBoss by DNV, said: “Everyone knows it is time to consider a solution for eBDN, and people are asking what the value and return of investment on digitalisation are, at FuelBoss we tell them that it is immediate.”

In an exclusive interview, FuelBoss told Manifold Times it recently expanded operations to include conventional bunker fuels.

To date, the independent platform has started facilitating conventional marine fuel deliveries in Europe and is in the process of being whitelisted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Related: DNV FuelBoss coverage expands to include conventional bunker fuels, whitelisting by MPA in process

 

Photo credit: FuelBoss
Published: 28 February, 2024

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