MOL Becomes World's First Company to Earn AiP for Vessel Cyber Resilience

Toward the Improvement of Safe Operation and Realization of Safe Maritime Digital Transformation

Tokyo - February 02, 2023

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that it has obtained Approval in Principle (AiP) from Bureau Veritas, a French classification society (President, Marine & Offshore: Matthieu de Tugny); Head office: Paris, France, for the basic design of a ship network with cyber resilience measures developed and demonstrated by MOL, in compliance with the Unified Requirement (UR) E26 "Cyber resilience of ships" issued by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). MOL is the first company in the world to receive an AiP for UR E26.

UR E26 is a mandatory requirement covering vessels for which construction contracts are signed on or after January 1, 2024. It aims to ensure the secure integration of both operational marine equipment and IT-related equipment such as onboard PCs into the vessel's network from the design through its operational life.

UR E26 stipulates that ship equipment manufacturers, shipyards, shipowners, and other parties involved should incorporate appropriate cyber resilience measures at each stage of design, development, implementation, and operation from their own standpoint.

MOL will actively promote the improvement of safe operation and the digital transformation safely by improving vessel cyber resilience.

AiP Certificate Presentation Ceremony:
Left: MOL Executive Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Director General, Headquarters of Technology Innovation, Makoto Yamaguchi
Right: Senior Vice President, Chief Executive for Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore North Asia & China, Alexander Gregg-Smith
Image by MOL.

MOL Group 5 Sustainability Issues
MOL Group will contribute to realizing a sustainable society by promoting responses to sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed as priorities through its business. We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of "Safety & Value -Provide added value through safe transportation and our social infrastructure business-", "Innovation -Innovation for development in marine technology-" and "Governance -Governance and compliance to support businesses-".

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. press release