Friday, July 7, 2017

APM Terminals Hacked

By Karen Robes Meeks

APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Tacoma are now re-opening following a massive cyber attack that hampered operations.

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, which bases its West Coast operations at APM Terminals Pier 400, opened the Los Angeles terminal on Friday and announced that it is “pleased to report that our operations are now running close to normal again.”

As of Thursday, July 6, most of Maersk’s international facilities are operating at normal capacity, with some experiencing delays because of backlog. Meanwhile, a handful of North American terminals are listed as normal or close to normal, including Los Angeles, Mobile, Port Elizabeth, South Florida and Tacoma.

“We understand the impact this situation has had on your supply chain and can assure you that we are making daily progress on a global scale,” Maersk said on its website. “We are prioritizing the recovery of tools and processes that are most critical.”

The Denmark-based company was among several firms under attack by ransomware that forced the shipping company to shutter its IT systems across multiple sites worldwide and close terminals on June 27.

One ship was able to leave Los Angeles early that Tuesday morning, but at least one vessel scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles last Friday (June 30) had been detoured to neighboring Port of Long Beach, according to the Press-Telegram.

Maersk said APM Terminals “continue to work towards full restoration of its IT systems.” “Our focus is on ensuring the best business continuity possible for our customers and business partners. We are collaborating with IT experts including national cyber-crime agencies and IT industry leaders, to reinstate services safely and without further disruption.”

Long Beach Budget Approved

By Karen Robes Meeks

Long Beach harbor leaders recently recommended the approval of a $748 million budget that sets aside money for ongoing modernization projects in the Port of Long Beach, community grants and improvements to the city’s beachfront.

The Long Beach City Council will get the final approval for the 2018 fiscal plan, which includes $457 million on capital projects such as the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge and the redevelopment of Middle Harbor.

It also includes $18.7 million to the city’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which helps pay for the beachfront improvements, and $404,000 for the Port Community Grants Program, which funds health, environmental and other initiatives that support neighborhoods affected by operations at the port.

The budget accounts for an estimated 1.8 percent rise in operating revenue over 2017.

“This spending blueprint advances the nation’s largest seaport modernization program and our practice of investing revenue back into our harbor, a leading economic engine for this region, the state and the nation,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzm├ín. “The budget reflects this Port’s fiscally prudent, results-driven approach to budgeting and capital improvements.”

The 2018 fiscal year begins on October 1.

USCG Seasonal Alaska Location

By Karen Robes Meeks

To better respond to increasing maritime activities in Western Alaska and the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard's 249th Airlift Squadron recently sent supplies and equipment to the Coast Guard's seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Government vehicles, a generator and pallets of supplies were loaded into a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and flown from Coast Guard Air Station to Kotzebue, where it was unloaded at the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar.

“The Coast Guard is committed to having a sustained presence in the Arctic,” said Capt. Stephen White, incident commander for 17th Coast Guard District Arctic operations. “As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will protect the nation’s interests, safeguard the environment and strengthen our international, federal, state, local and tribal partnerships.”

As part of Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2017, forward operation location Kotzebue will have two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, and air and ground support crews stationed at the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar.

San Diego Waterfront Project Moves Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego confirmed it is working with the current operator of Seaport Village to keep the waterfront shopping and dining area open to the public as it transitions into a larger project to redevelop the Central Embarcadero.

The port, whose lease with current operator TRC expires on September 30, 2018, will seek bids from firms who could run Seaport Village while the redevelopment of Central Embarcadero takes shape over the next five years. The revival project encompasses Seaport Village, as well as Chesapeake Fish, and surrounding areas between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the USS Midway.

Meanwhile, the port is in exclusive talks with Protea Waterfront Development, the managing member of 1HWY1, and the team chosen to reimagine the Central Embarcadero.

Currently, Seaport Village features roughly 50 specialty retailers, 17 eating and dining spots as well as outdoor entertainment, and is expected to remain open after TRC’s lease expires, according to the port.

The new Central Embarcadero is expected to include 30 acres of parks, open spaces, plazas, piers and walkways; a 480-foot tall observation tower; facilities for commercial fishing, recreational boat and mega-yacht services; retail and office space.