Maersk’s terminals still crippled in cyber attack

by The Associated Press (APR)

NEW YORK, New York — The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Ports operated by the Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk are still crippled following this week’s cyberattack.

An official with the Alabama State Port Authority, James K. Lyons, says crews at the Maersk’s APM terminal in Mobile, Alabama, have been loading and unloading containers in manual mode, without the normal computerized co-ordination. Lyons says the APM operation at Mobile handles 1,000 to 1,500 cargo containers each day. Other terminals aren’t affected.

APM gate operations at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey are expected to remain shuttered through at least Thursday. Port Elizabeth is APM’s largest terminal on the East Coast of North America.

In Los Angeles, there’s minimal impact — but only because no ships had been scheduled to load or unload at the ATM Terminal there on Tuesday or Wednesday. There’s no estimate on when the terminal will reopen.

In a statement, Moller-Maersk acknowledged that its APM Terminals had been “impacted in a number of ports,” but the company wouldn’t provide further detail. APM has 189 port and inland facilities in 61 countries.


(Previously datelined Paris; all times local)

7:25 p.m.

Logistics firm FedEx says deliveries by its TNT Express subsidiary have been slowed by the global cyberattack, another sign of how major companies are struggling to deal with the fallout from an especially virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software.

In an announcement Wednesday, the company based in Memphis, Tennessee, said it had been “significantly affected” by the malicious program, which emerged in Ukraine on Tuesday before spreading around the world.

FedEx said that the domestic, regional and intercontinental operations of TNT Express, a courier delivery unit, were “largely operational, but slowed.” The company added that the impact of the cyberattack “could be material.”

FedEx shares were up 1.2 per cent at $217 in New York on Wednesday.