Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks, Survey Shows

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. maritime industry as a whole is not prepared to respond to today’s cyber threats, putting it at severe risk of being targeted, according to a new maritime cyber security survey of key maritime stakeholders.
  • More Trucking Deaths May Be Caused by Drivers Racing the Clock

    Nov 6, 2018 — Truckers racing to beat the U.S. rule requiring a rest break after driving for eight hours could be contributing to increased fatal crashes involving big rigs, according to some in the industry. Deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
  • Information sharing key to fighting cyber crime

    Nov 5, 2018 — The maritime industry needs to undergo a cultural change concerning the sharing of information on cyber attacks, Chris Henny, senior technical advisor – maritime, Airbus Defence & Space, told the Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition & Conference in Dubai on Tuesday.
  • Maritime braces for the next cyber breach

    Nov 5, 2018 — Security experts warn that a much more damaging incident than the AP Moller-Maersk NotPetya attack could be just around the corner.
  • Crane Collapses in Heap of Metal at Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Nov 2, 2018 — A large gantry crane at South Africa’s Port Elizabeth collapsed in heap of metal during strong winds Tuesday morning. The collapsed resulted in damage but no injuries were reported, Transnet confirmed. It said an engineering team assessing extent of damage.
  • Export-Bound Shipping Container Explodes at Port of Los Angeles Terminal

    Nov 2, 2018 — U.S. officials are investigating an explosion inside an export-bound shipping container at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal on Tuesday evening. As a result of the explosion, the terminal was evacuated and officials investigated additional containers believed to be carrying the same scrap metal.
  • Bugs could be the biggest issue in container shipping since VGM

    Oct 29, 2018 — The International Plant Protection Convention is investigating concerns that parasites and other invasive species are being spread globally on the outside of containers, contributing to the demise of local ecodiversity.
  • Croatian dock workers strike again over late salary

    Oct 22, 2018 — Workers at Croatia’s largest shipbuilding group Uljanik on Monday held their second strike in less than two months, this time over unpaid salary for September.
  • Hurricane Florence And Hurricane Michael U.S. Gulf Coast And U.S. East Coast: Latest information and how to help

    Oct 19, 2018 — The images of Hurricane Michael’s debris and devastation are heartbreaking, especially when they are combined with what we have already been seeing come out of the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. And there is no sugar-coating how long and difficult the path to recovery will be. There’s so much to do that it’s difficult to know where to start.
  • Nigeria: Surcharges due to congestion at Lagos ports

    Oct 19, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform its partners and colleagues of an increase of additional charges implemented in Lagos on all import and export shipments, following heavy port congestion which has lasted for several months.
  • New treatment requirements for China-bound shipments

    Oct 16, 2018 — Shipments from certain countries to China will now require treatments to avoid spreading yellow fever and cholera.
  • Post-election protests expected to cause delays in São Tomé

    Oct 16, 2018 — AGS São Tomé would like to advise of possible delays following the recent elections in the country. Please note that protests are likely to hamper AGS operations in São Tomé. We are uncertain as to when the situation will be restored, however, AGS São Tomé remains operational and all possible measures are being taken to prevent delays.
  • HOS Rules Relaxed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

    Oct 11, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration relaxed hours-of-service regulations in eight states as Hurricane Michael made landfall, battering the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds. Administrators at FMCSA’s Southern Service Centers on Oct. 9 declared a state of emergency in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Port of San Diego continues recovery from cyberattack

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of San Diego continues to work with federal, state and local officials to investigate and repair the damage from a ransomware cyberattack uncovered last week. The port commission is expected to get a closed-door briefing on the attack at its Tuesday meeting, according to a spokesperson. While the port has continued to operate, some of its computers and information technology systems remain disabled.
  • Will Shipping Face Another Perfect Storm?

    Oct 2, 2018 — As we approach the 3rd decade of the 21st Century could we be facing another Perfect Storm? Will it also have a seismic impact on the international maritime community? There are voices calling the alarm.
  • Japanese ports resume operations after typhoon, loading delays continue

    Oct 1, 2018 — Ports in Japan re-opened Monday after operations were suspended Sunday as Typhoon Trami made landfall, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Trami, which at its peak packed maximum gusts of 216 kph, was weakening slightly but still causing extreme weather Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
  • Port of San Diego hit with ransomware attack

    Oct 1, 2018 — Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said: "The Port of San Diego is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident first reported on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.”
  • Beleaguered UK importers prepared for further delays as more vessels divert from Southampton and Felixstowe

    Oct 1, 2018 — Chronic congestion at the UK’s two largest container ports is forcing ocean carrier planners to make further last-minute ship diversions, causing chaos to the country’s supply chain.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.
  • ALAN coordinates logistics response to Hurricane Florence

    Sep 20, 2018 — The American Logistics Aid Network continues to receive requests for – and offers of – warehousing and logistics services to support hurricane response.
  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • What is the Typhoon Mangkhut fallout on shipping and the supply chain?

    Sep 19, 2018 — Typhoon Mangkhut is currently the largest storm in the world in 2018, and it’s impacting a region that is the center of manufacturing and shipping. The effects will be felt by industries, companies, and consumers across the globe.
  • Typhoon slams into China after pummelling Philippines, Hong Kong

    Sep 17, 2018 — A typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday (Sep 16), the country's most populous province, killing at least two and causing millions to be evacuated. Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Haiyan after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing more than 50 in the Philippines. Ports, oil refineries and industrial plants in Guangdong have been shut.