Technical Circular No:26/2018

Subject: RMI Marine Guideline on Maritime Cyber Risk Management.

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  • IMO has adopted resolution MSC.428 (98) on “Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems” to address the issues and raising awareness related to cyber risk threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Based on above, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) has issued a marine guideline no. 2-11-16 informing that all RMI flagged vessels are required to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in safety management system no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1st January 2021.
  • The guideline addresses cyber risk management by identifying information sources that may help companies in establishing policies, procedures and actions to maintain the security of cyber systems on-board their ships which includes;
  1. IMO circular MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3: Contains recommendations and functional elements for effective maritime cyber risk management.
  2. Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships: Published by a consortium of shipping industry associations which are aligned to IMO guidelines and addresses managing ship-to-shore interface, network segregation, port risks and maritime cyber insurance coverage.
  • A maritime cyber risk management resources list compiled from different sources is maintained by administration which is updated on regular basis. Same is attached with the circular for reference.
  • Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to be guided by above & attached RMI circular no. 2-11-16.


  1. RMI marine guideline no. 2-11-16
  2. RMI maritime cyber risk management resources list


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