Impact of Maersk Cyber-Attack

June 28, 2017
By Michelle Kelley

Computer code overlays a Maersk container ship

Maersk’s APM Terminals in New York, and several other locations across the globe, are closed for the second day, after the ocean carrier reported being hit by a cyber-attack yesterday. According to a customer advisory emailed this morning, Maersk has shut down its IT and communications systems as a proactive security measure.

Impact on Shippers

Here is what we know about the situation:

  • With the exception of APM Terminals and a few other gates, which are currently closed, vessel operations will continue as planned for the majority of ports of call.
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.
  • Maersk is not accepting new bookings at this time, which may result in short-term capacity issues in the Asian and European trades.

Due to these circumstances, it’s possible that other carriers will become overbooked very quickly. Until the damage from the cyber-attack can be resolved, Mohawk Global Logistics strongly urges all clients to book cargo with other carriers as early as possible to avoid possible delays.