Shipowners are constantly fending off cyber-threats from Russia.

“Through our service operations centre, we identify cyber-attack attempts from Russia on a daily basis, same as we do from other countries. So far, none of these attempts have been successful,” one owner tells TW+.

The maritime sector suffered at least 1,000 “operational technology” attacks from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2020, according to Israeli cyber security firm NavalDome.

The owner, which would only speak anonymously to prevent alarming clients by attaching its name to cyber-threats, protects itself from the constant onslaught by restricting Russia’s access through firewalls that use a geolocation feature.