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APMT Maasvlakte II remains closed after cyber attack

APM Terminals (APMT) Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam is still yet to open after the Petya global cyber attack hit the terminal operator’s parent company Maersk on June 27.

While several of APMT’s facilities hit by the attack are now operational and running close to normal, Maasvlakte II remains closed with Maersk diverting services to other terminals in and around Rotterdam which are already able to gate cargo in and out.

A customer advisory notice from Maersk read: “Despite these difficulties, in Rotterdam and as everywhere, we will do whatever it takes to move your cargo to its final destination as fast as possible.”

Additionally, Pier 400 Los Angeles is unable to receive exports while it can currently only deliver imports and receive and deliver empties. In the meantime, Maersk diverted the TP2 MSC Laurence to TTI “to ensure easiest cargo delivery”.

Moreover, Port Elizabeth, New Jersey can currently only deliver imports and receive and deliver empties, and is still unable to receive and gate in exports.    

However, Algeciras in Spain, Tangier in Morocco, Callao Lima in Peru, Mumbai in India, Itajai in Brazil, and Buenos Aires in Argentina are now operational and running close to normal.

A company statement noted: “We are open for business and are accepting bookings both via INTTRA, online forms accessible on maerskline.com and through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).  All channels that have been open are confirmed safe for you to use.

“Our vessels remain fully operational and cargo in transit is being handled close to normal.”

The global cyber attack caused Maersk Line to be temporarily unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings, with several APMT’s facilities also being affected.

The computers were reportedly infected by ransomware that encrypted hard drives at APMT.

According to Maersk, all bookings made before the incident remained secured with the data saved in its systems.

“Around the world we seek to serve our customers best possible and therefore we are building contingencies where this is required, as well as focus on continuously getting back to normal business,” a company statement added.

Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft and Ukraine’s central bank were also affected by the attack.