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Maersk Line is today unable to take bookings following yesterday’s Petya ransomware cyber attack, in what has been called “shipping’s Y2K moment”.

While all vessel operations will continue, making “the majority” of port calls, the shipping line says it has “shut down” IT and communications infrastructure as a security measure.

Maersk said: “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.”

Petya is thought to have disrupted 17 of APMT’s terminals, including Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, leading to some confusion and congestion. APMT was unavailable for comment.

TNT Express is also said to be a victim, suffering some warehouse operation issues.

Fear of cyber attacks has grown recently in the logistics industry. It rose to sixth on the list of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017, after entering the list in 2014.

Jody Cleworth, CEO of blockchain-based forwarder Marine Transport International, said: “We are facing our Y2K moment. It shows that legacy systems are outdated and simply no longer fit for purpose.”

One of the particular problems for the supply chain is the large number of stakeholders involved – just one weak link can open them up to attack.

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