India's largest container
port disrupted by global cyber attack
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[June 28, 2017]
By Rajendra Jadhav and Euan Rocha
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Operations at one of
three terminals at India's largest container port JNPT, near the
commercial hub of Mumbai, have been disrupted by the global ransomware
attack, the port said on Wednesday.
The affected terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP
Moller-Maersk, which said on Tuesday that the cyber attack had caused
outages in its computer systems globally.
Clients were notified on Wednesday morning that vessel operations at the
terminal would be hit and that the company could not say when normal
services would resume, according to one shipping industry source.
In a note to global clients, Maersk said: "Access to most ports is not
impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed."
The port has been trying to clear containers manually, but operational
capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal, Anil Diggikar, chairman
of Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), told Reuters on Wednesday morning.
"This is fallout of global cyber attack. We are hopeful that operations
will normalize in a day," he said.
Containers are piling up outside the port due to the delay in loading
and unloading at Gateway Terminals India, he said.
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Fishing trawlers are seen in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port
Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India, July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh
The Indian government said on Wednesday it had sent Gulshan Rai, India's
national cyber security coordinator, to JNPT to deal with the situation.
In a securities filing, Gujarat Pipavav Port, located about 175 miles
northwest of JNPT, said it is also working to "limit the impact" at its
Pipavav, which is also operated by APM Terminals, did not provide detail
on the extent of the impact at its site, but a spokeswoman for APM said
the port was "partially impacted."
The cyber attack, similar to the ransomware that infected more than
300,000 computers last month, also affected computers at Russia's
biggest oil company, Ukranian banks and numerous other multinational
Maersk, which handles one in seven containers shipped worldwide, told
Reuters on Wednesday it was unable to process new orders after being hit
by the cyber attack.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Euan Rocha; Editing by Neil Fullick
and Adrian Croft)
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