The purpose of this Cyber Security Statement is to provide our clients, partners, suppliers
and vendors, with information about our security practices and the way we manage
information, data and cargo according to industry best practices and what can be expected.
The Spliethoff Group is one of the largest shipping companies in the Netherlands. With over
a century of maritime expertise, the Amsterdam-headquartered Group operates a large and
modern fleet of more than 100 vessels ranging in size from 2,100 to 23,000 tons.
The Group has a broad portfolio of specialized services in the sectors dry cargo, breakbulk &
project cargoes – Spliethoff –, project & heavy lifts – BigLift Shipping –, container & Ro-Ro
cargo and door-to-door services – Transfennica & Transfennica Logistics –, shortsea –
Wijnne Barends –, yacht transport – Sevenstar Yacht Transport – and RoRo- tonnage
Safety and security are important to Spliethoff to protect its fleet, the cargo and the
customer information that is managed by Spliethoff Group. Therefore, Spliethoff Group has
chosen to use ISO 27000 as a guiding standard on how information security is managed.
Furthermore, we follow and apply controls from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, IMO
regulations and industry guidelines, where applicable.
Information Security Policy
Spliethoff Group’s security policies and procedures define how the different areas of
information security are managed within the company and its subsidiaries.
The security policy is periodically reviewed, audited and updated where necessary. The
policies and procedures cover a wide array of security topics, ranging from general
standards – which all employees must read, understand and comply with, such as account,
equipment, data and physical security – to more specialized security and maritime
standards covering the internal systems and applications as well as maritime operational
systems used on the vessels in the fleet.
Information security roles and responsibilities are documented and defined so that our
personnel and crew know their responsibilities. An appointed Cyber Security Group that
manages information security, auditing and compliance and also defines the security
controls for the protection of the Spliethoff Group infrastructure on land and sea. The Cyber
Security Group is responsible for the managing of information security notifications from
external parties, customers, vendors and suppliers, and distributes security alerts and
advisory information to the organization on a regular basis after having assessed risk and
impact as appropriate.
Personnel & Crew Security
All Spliethoff group employees are required to operate in line with the company policies,
guidelines and procedures, including those covering confidentiality, integrity, availability,
business ethics, appropriate usage, and applicable regulatory standards. All employees
subscribe the company policies. Processes and procedures are implemented to manage
employee’s signing on and signing of from vessels to ensure proper management of users,
credentials and authorizations. Employees are subject to security training as part of the
signing on process. Security training is also provided for all office employees, as part of their
Spliethoff Group information systems, corporate business systems and maritime fleet
operational systems are documented in a central register. These systems are managed
according to our security policies and procedures. All Spliethoff personnel authorized to
manage these assets are to comply with established policies, procedures and guidelines
defined in the Spliethoff security management framework.
Role-based access controls are implemented for access to information systems. Procedures
are implemented to address employee’s activities for signing on and off from vessels. All
users are provided with unique account IDs. The password policy defines acceptable
passwords for information systems, applications and databases. The password policy
defines the use of complex passwords. Access to critical systems requires Multi-Factor
Authentication (MFA, also known as 2FA).
Spliethoff information systems operate on the latest recommended encryption standards,
ciphers and protocols to encrypt data at rest and traffic in transit. The data protection
landscape is monitored to respond immediately to new cryptographic vulnerabilities and
weaknesses when they are discovered. Guidelines and procedures are updated and
implement when needed.
Spliethoff has policies, procedures and the infrastructure to provide physical security of its
data centers, offices and vessels. The security of the vessels is based upon the regulatory
requirements outlined by IMO. The security controls implemented in offices and on vessels
include the use of electronic access control systems, locks, burglary alarms, fire alarm and
suppression systems and surveillance cameras.
Spliethoff has documented operating procedures and responsibilities for all systems,
applications and services in the environment. Change management process is implemented
to document, approve and track all changes to the environment to ensure that changes
work as expected and according to established policies, procedures and standards, and to
ensure security and safety of operational systems.
Spliethoff network infrastructure and servers are protected by high-availability firewalls and
are configured for the detection and prevention of various network security threats.
Firewalls are used to restrict access to systems and networks from external networks and
between systems and networks internally. By default, all access is denied and only access
based on business needs are allowed.
Software Development Lifecycle
Spliethoff follows a documented secure software development methodology designed to
ensure that software is developed to be safe, secure, resilient and robust. Our secure
development lifecycle follows standard security practices including vulnerability testing,
regression testing, penetration testing and product security assessments.
IT Supplier and Vendor Relationships
For its IT systems, software and networks and for the on-board systems with IT related
components, Spliethoff uses partners, vendors and suppliers who operate with the same or
similar values and requirements regarding security, data protection, safety, ethics,
confidentiality, integrity and availability as Spliethoff does. Partners, vendors and suppliers
that interact with Spliethoff IT systems, are screened and bound by appropriate security
obligations to protect Spliethoff information, data and systems with special focus on proper
management of customer data and critical operational systems. Occasionally, Spliethoff
carry out audits to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the systems and
data that third-party partners, vendors and suppliers manage.
For all on board systems connected to or using the IT infrastructure, access is limited to the
cases where this access is necessary and restricted to the suppliers’ systems only.
Spliethoff has a documented incident response plan and procedures on how to manage
security incidents. The incident response plan and procedures define the roles and
responsibilities for incident management tasks, how incidents are managed, escalated and
notified to relevant parties, including authorities.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
In order to minimize system and service interruption due to hardware of software failures,
natural disasters or other catastrophes, Spliethoff has implemented disaster recovery
procedures for all critical business and operational systems.
Spliethoff complies with the statutory and regulatory requirements and complies with the
industry standards, when applicable. The system is regularly audited by third parties to
ensure the policies, processes and procedures comply with established standards and
If you need more information on how Spliethoff manages cyber security, please contact our
Cyber Security team using the following contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download: Cyber security Statement 20210906