Maersk suffers from global IT breakdown caused by cyber attack

Unfortunately Maersk and APMT have been affected by a global cyberattack, called Petya. This attack is related to the infamous WannaCry Virus. For more information, please read the full article in The Guardian.

A.P. Møller-Maersk group, confirms that some of their IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted by this attack and that they have proactively shut down some as a security measure, as of yesterday afternoon.

For now this means the following:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls;
  • Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed;
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. Import Cargo will be released to credit customers.

At the present time Maersk is unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. It also means that due to the attack on their IT and communications systems, they’re limited in their ability to communicate with clients and partners such as GMT.

As a result, Maersk and APMT have resorted to manual receipt of empties and export containers while they are working to ensure import containers can also be delivered. Therefore GMT expects delays out of Apapa on top of the situation that we’ve been updating you on.

We would like to ensue you that Maersk, APMT and GMT are trying really hard to minimize any discomfort that might happen with your consignments.

If you have any more questions, please reach out to your GMT contact person.