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Nexxiot Partnership Swisscom 2 Gerd Altmann Pixabay copyNexxiot and Swisscom have deepened their relationship to deliver Swiss data services to clients around the globe.

Beginning this July, both companies will work more closely together to deliver data driven supply chain intelligence to worldwide customers. Since its founding in 2015 at ETH Zurich, Nexxiot has been recognized as a pioneer in the industrial and enterprise IoT space. Throughout this time Swisscom has been an essential partner providing best-of-class data connectivity to transmit data from Nexxiot devices to the Nexxiot Connect Cloud Platform for the cargo transportation industry. From here, Nexxiot creates big data analytics tools and critical insights to improve supply chain processes.

Swisscom’s EVP, Head of Connected Business Solutions, Friederike Hoffmann says: “Swisscom is excited to move forward with Nexxiot to deliver the benefits from IoT, one of the most advanced technologies to monitor constantly moving trains and cargo in some of the most remote places in the world. We are proud to be part of their global rollout journey. The Nexxiot team successfully scaled their business using Swisscom's global connectivity services, demonstrating trust and commitment in Swisscom's global IoT connectivity with its 5G-readiness and strong focus on reliability and security.”

Nexxiot’s CEO Stefan Kalmund is leading the expansion of the Swiss industrial IoT company that’s already captured a large part of the European market. “It’s exciting that clients trust us to equip their supply chain assets with our zero-maintenance hardware. This opens the door to creating and delivering huge value for fleet operators and cargo owners who require data to improve their transparency around mileage, to increase the reliability of cargo arrival times and at the same time reach their sustainability targets”, says Stefan Kalmund.

Nexxiot monitors non-powered mobile assets like rail freight wagons and tank containers, with over a billion individual messages having now been sent from Nexxiot sensors to the Nexxiot platform using Swisscom connectivity. These messages originate from over 160 individual countries via more than 450 Swisscom roaming partners. “Whilst others are talking about ‘Big Data’, it’s been Nexxiot’s daily reality for a long time now. New customers have recently engaged in North America, Eastern Europe and beyond”, adds Stefan Kalmund.

Nexxiot has been able to innovate in the complex field of B2B IoT because Switzerland attracts the best data science and computer engineering skills in the world, especially with Zurich’s lifestyle benefits, tech hub’s, universities and culture of quality. Creating business value may start with great ideas and a radical approach but to deliver meaningful action and favorable outcomes, a combination of analytics, AI, and machine learning must be integrated and deployed. Creativity needs to be mixed with business domain knowledge and a cutting-edge approach to data science to extract the value and differentiate services from competitors.

Nexxiot’s strategic partnership with Swisscom will focus on providing connectivity and supporting the company’s outreach into new markets through joint communications and a unified global IoT strategy. Stefan Kalmund says, “Addressing topics like managing data around international borders where connectivity providers are switched over, can add significant complexity and therefore needs careful management. The important thing is that our customers get seamless visibility and intelligence on performance critical topics like delays and transport interruptions. This means they can rely on us and our world class algorithms for the processed data they need to manage all their business activities and critical events in the supply chain.”

Hamburg Port 1The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has entered into force on August 1 2020. Trade between the Port of Hamburg and Vietnam, which has already increased in recent years, should continue to benefit from this agreement.

Although the corona-related developments will also affect trade between Germany and Vietnam in the current year 2020, for the Port of Hamburg there has been very positive growth in the Vietnam shipping region in the recent past. In 2019, a new record quantity of 106,000 standard containers (TEU) was moved between Hamburg and Vietnam. This increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year is also due to direct connections which are now offered by the carriers for this route.

The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam, which was ratified by the European Parliament and the Vietnamese National Assembly in the first half of 2020, promises to create new market incentives that result in increased transport volumes between those markets. Customs barriers are to be dismantled for this. This applies in particular to deliveries of goods from Europe, for which 99 percent of all customs duties are to be reduced within ten years. The EU, in turn, will reduce tariffs to 84 percent of Vietnamese products to 0 percent when the free trade agreement comes into force. After seven years, this is to be the case for 99 percent of the tariffs.

Vietnam is part of a large number of free trade agreements and, among other things, is trying to position itself as an attractive production location in Southeast Asia. This applies in particular to companies that are relocating their production within Asia due to increased costs. Vietnam plans to invest USD 3.8 billion in the country's port infrastructure in order to manage the resulting flow of goods.

Five scheduled services connect the Port of Hamburg with Vietnam, with ports in both the north and south of the country being approached. In addition to two container services, three multi-purpose services are operated. The latter are particularly suitable for project cargo and conventional general cargo. The multi-purpose ships used for these services carry between 15,000 and 30,000 tonnes and are equipped with on-board cranes that can lift up to 700 tonnes in combined mode and even more in individual cases. The container services concentrate their services, which are operated by ships with a storage capacity of 14,000 TEU, on the container terminals in the vicinity of the economic centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Further reloading points can be reached by transhipment. The multipurpose services timetables include both conventional ports around Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong near the capital Hanoi. Other ports are called upon request. The transit times between Hamburg and Vietnam are between 28 and 35 days depending on the port, direction of traffic and rotation.

The import of goods from Vietnam to Hamburg mainly consists of machinery and equipment, including electronic products and household appliances followed by chemical products, metals and wood products. The main goods leaving the port of Hamburg for Vietnam are chemical products, paper and cardboard as well as food and beverages.

UPS 747 8UPS has announced second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019.

Net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, 8.8% above the same period in 2019. Operating profit was $2.2 billion, and adjusted operating profit was $2.3 billion, up 7.4% compared to last year’s second quarter.

Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $2.13, up 8.7% from the same period last year. GAAP results included a pre-tax transformation charge of $112 million, equivalent to $0.10 per share. In the prior year period, GAAP results included a pre-tax charge for transformation costs of $21 million, equivalent to $0.02 per share.

“Our results were better than we expected, driven in part by the changes in demand that emerged from the pandemic, including a surge in residential volume, COVID-19 related healthcare shipments and strong outbound demand from Asia,” said Carol Tomé, UPS chief executive officer. “UPSers are keeping the world moving during this time of need and I want to thank our team for their hard work and outstanding efforts to serve our customers, our communities and each other.”

ABC cats SVO ORDAirBridgeCargo Airlines has safely delivered 54 cats and 25 dogs to their new places of living.

A total of 35 boxes of Maine Coon, Siberian, Ragdoll, Bambino, Sphynx, Devon Rex, Bengali, British shorthair, and other cats together with 21 boxes of Chow-Chow, American cocker spaniel, French bulldogs, Tibetan, Caucasian shepherd, and other dogs became ABC’s passengers on the long-haul Boeing 747 freighter flights from Moscow (Russia) to Chicago (USA). The transportation was organized in cooperation with Russian cattery HAKUNA MATATA which takes care of Siberian cats.

‘Within our company, we have 15+ years of experience in the transportation of various animals, including pets. Our specialists, both in the air and on the ground, follow IATA LAR and strict internal guidelines, whereas sophisticated Boeing 747F onboard system allows for the creation of an ideal in-flight environment, making it possible to adjust the required temperature and humidity settings for each particular animal’, - commented Peter Novozhenov, Regional Director, Russia and CIS, AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

‘With animals’ health being of paramount importance, we were delighted to see that AirBridgeCargo and its team takes every delivery on a personal level, making sure that all the requirements are met and being always here to assists, no matter how many questions we might have. Some technical issues will always take place, but it is important to be prepared for these situations and follow the right guidelines to guarantee safety of ‘special passengers’, - pointed out Khristina Moiseeva, Director of HAKUNA MATATA cattery.

All the animals were duly taken care of during the flight and within cargo handling agent’s premises to make sure they had enough food, water, and felt safe. Upon arrival, they finally met their new owners to become their true friends for many years to come.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has been an acknowledged expert when it comes to the transportation of live animals. Not only does it have dedicated specialists with in-depth knowledge and expertise but it also operates one of the most capable fleets of freighters.

Gebruder 200723 PM GW Spatenstich Graz EN 1 copyGebrüder Weiss is expanding in Styria, with the official ground-breaking ceremony for a new location with a total area of 70,000 square meters held in Kalsdorf near Graz last week.

The logistics terminal, planned for 26 million euros, will replace the current location. The previous facility in Alte Poststraße had recently reached its capacity limits. Construction work on the new terminal already started in April. The originally planned ground-breaking ceremony had been postponed due to the corona crisis. The opening of the new branch is planned for next spring.

"After completion, we will have a state-of-the-art logistics location for our customers and our 180 employees. With this facility, we will also be able to bundle orders that were previously distributed over several operating locations in the region," says Gerhard Haas, Branch Manager Gebrüder Weiss Graz. "The new facility enables more efficient processes and a further development for the Styrian market – also in consideration of home delivery. Despite the Corona crisis, we have decided to take this important development step for Graz".

Conveniently located with large storage and handling area
In 2019, the Gebrüder Weiss location in Graz handled around 670,000 shipments. For one of the growth drivers, the home delivery business, a dozen vehicles are in operation daily, distributing up to 300 consignments to end customers. In addition to stationary trade and e-commerce, customers of the branch office come from the automotive sector as well as from the metal, wood processing and machine industry. "After nine months of construction, we have a 16,500 square meter logistics hall, 6,500 square meters for handling and 4,000 square meters of office space at our disposal," says Gerhard Haas, measuring the dimensions of the new building. "Conveniently located near the A9 motorway and the Graz-West junction, we will then be able to reach shippers and their customers even faster".

Emirates Boeing 777Emirates has announced the resumption of passenger services to Kuwait City with services to Lisbon set to resume next week.

This will take Emirates’ passenger network to 70 destinations in August, over 50% of its pre-pandemic destination network, as the airline gradually resumes operations with the safety of its customers, crew and communities as its top priority.

Flights from Dubai to Kuwait City will operate as a daily service and flights from Dubai to Lisbon will operate three times a week. The flights will be operated with the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER and can be booked on emirates.com or via travel agents.

Passengers travelling between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific can enjoy safe and convenient connections via Dubai. Customers from Emirates’ network can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors.

COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

qatar a350Qatar Airways continues to show its resilience, launching another new destination during this crisis with Cebu, Philippines joining Brisbane, Australia and Toronto, Canada as new destinations to join the airline’s global network in the past few months. The national carrier of the State of Qatar will also resume its first China flights, with a once weekly Guangzhou service. The airline’s mix of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant its network has never fallen below 30 destinations throughout this crisis and has enabled the airline to adapt its plans and continue adding new routes.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to be launching a new direct service to Cebu, offering our passengers another gateway into the Philippines. Being the airline that has never stopped flying since COVID-19 hit, it has been Qatar Airways’ mission to take people home safely during the pandemic, and we have helped more than two million people get home to their loved ones since February.

“The resumption of Guangzhou passenger services is one of the significant steps taken by Qatar Airways to demonstrate our confidence in the gradual recovery of the regional travel market and global connectivity. Since the COVID-19 crisis started, we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront and combat the effects of this global pandemic, by volunteering our services to deliver worldwide medical supplies coordinated by Chinese Embassies and Consulates. With over 40 onward available connections to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, passengers from Cebu and Guangzhou will be able to enjoy the Best Airline in the World and the World’s Best Business Class Seat while also having access to the largest and broadest network in the region via Hamad International Airport, the Best Airport in the Middle East.

“In addition to scheduled freighter services, we have also operated a large number of charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to meet China’s surging demand for imports and exports. With the resumption of passenger flights, we will have 49 flights in total, comprising of passenger freighters, belly-hold cargo flights and freighters in and out of Mainland China each week, providing more than 2,500 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way."Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel. By the end of July, the airline’s network will expand to over 450 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations with the additions of Cebu (three weekly flights starting 24 July) and Guangzhou (once weekly flight starting 26 July). The national carrier of the State of Qatar last operated flights to Cebu in March 2012. The relaunching of flights to Cebu will see the airline’s network in the Philippines expand to 13 weekly flights. 

Qatar A380Qatar Airways has resumed services to Helsinki, becoming the only Gulf carrier to serve four Nordic capitals. The resumption of Helsinki flights will see the national carrier of the State of Qatar operate 22 weekly flights to the Nordics, with daily flights to Oslo and Stockholm and five weekly flights to Copenhagen.

The airline’s mix of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant its network has never fallen below 30 destinations throughout this crisis and has enabled the airline to adapt its plans and quickly resume routes to rebuild its global network. By optimizing its mix of aircraft and grounding its A380 fleet, the airline continues to fly only the right sized aircraft on all routes to the Nordics, reducing its environmental impact by offering sensible and responsible capacity to meet both passenger and cargo demand.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are glad to see Helsinki return to our network, a significant indicator of the recovery of the Nordic travel market. With a total of 22 weekly flights to the region we are delighted to be the first Gulf carrier to offer flights to the four Nordic capitals of Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. While the drop in air travel demand due to Covid-19 forced us to temporarily suspend services to Helsinki, we are proud to have never stopped flying to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. As we pass the worst of the crisis, we look forward to increasing our services to the Nordic region to support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region.”

During the pandemic, in addition to scheduled passenger services, Qatar Airways Cargo have also operated a large number of scheduled freighters, charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Helsinki to support Nordic exporters and transport essential medical supplies and PPE to the region. With the resumption of passenger flights to Helsinki, the airline will operate 39 weekly flights to the Nordic region, providing more than 1400 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.

Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel. By the start of August, the airline’s network will expand to close to 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations. Passengers from the Nordics can connect via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport to the largest and broadest network in the region with over 30 destinations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Qatar Airways operations are not dependent on any specific aircraft type. The airline’s variety of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choice for the most strategically important long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.

Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including London, Paris, and Frankfurt. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has also extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.

Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. Passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and boarding gates and bus gate counters are cleaned after each flight. In addition, hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and security screening points. HIA was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.

CSafe RKN forkliftCSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announces a new brand identity and streamlined product portfolio centered on providing consistency, quality and innovation for the pharmaceutical industry and the patients it serves.

CSafe was founded more than 40 years ago with a focus on improving the lives of those in underdeveloped regions. The company has consistently grown and evolved in that time to become a leader in the cold chain packaging industry. Always innovating, CSafe is the only provider with a robust portfolio of both active and passive temperature-controlled solutions.

“We have the best products available in this industry,” said CEO, Patrick Schafer. We have invested heavily in our portfolio to ensure every product meets or exceeds customer and regulatory expectations. It is equally important for our brand to reflect those investments as well as our commitment to our customers and our company’s mission ‘to provide peace of mind by offering best-in-class temperature management solutions for the delivery of life-enhancing products.’”

As part of this brand update, CSafe consolidated its portfolio into three distinct product lines: CSafe Air Cargo solutions include containers designed for air transport including the CSafe RKN and RAP; CSafe Parcel solutions incorporate all packaging used to ship and hand carry pharmaceuticals as well as military grade mobile refrigeration and/or freezing. This product line includes all products formerly branded as AcuTemp and Kalibox; CSafe Cell & Gene packaging designed specifically for the cell and gene market with integrated telemetry and dedicated consulting services to mitigate real-world risks associated with the commercialization process.

Those who follow CSafe on social media will have noticed a new look and new focus in the company’s messaging in the last several months. “Whether our customer is a pharmaceutical company, a freight forwarder or an airline, the ultimate customer for all of us is the patient and we want our brand to reflect that,” Schafer noted. “The visual changes we’ve made combined with our singular, focused message – Temperature assured. Life enhanced. – illustrates the clear connection between our products and our mission.”

The recent launch of an entirely new website in June was the final element in the branding update. In addition to a new look and structure, CSafe’s website now offers new functionality as well. Customers can register for access to the customer portal where they can manage all Air Cargo leases online, access reports on-demand and more. Customers can also enroll their teams in comprehensive web-based operations training on CSafe’s EQUiP platform directly from the website.

CSafe is growing and innovating every day – and that’s nothing new. The company was the first to have an air cargo container approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the first to launch a parcel re-test and re-use program. In the last 18 months, CSafe integrated the industry’s first artificial intelligence platform to forecast container needs and launched a comprehensive cell and gene therapy solution. “We will also be the first to launch real-time track and trace technology. And we have more on the horizon,” Schafer confirmed. “We hope the changes we’ve made in the last year will help us better communicate with our customers and partners and create a better overall experience for everyone who interacts with CSafe.”

Breakbulk Europe 2020Breakbulk Europe 2020, the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, has been cancelled, and will return to Messe Bremen, 18-20 May 2021.

We have been monitoring the situation in Bremen very carefully over the past months and have consulted with the venue, local authorities and industry bodies regarding options for the event this year. When the decision to postpone Breakbulk Europe was made in March, there was optimism that a September dateline would work. The Government regulations currently in place impose a ban on all events and exhibitions with 1,000 or more participants until 31 October 2020, which means that sadly, it is impossible to deliver the event for our attendees and customers of Breakbulk Europe this year.

Work is already well underway for Breakbulk Europe 2021 to provide the leading global platform for our community to connect, learn, network and – most importantly – do business. In the meantime, Breakbulk will continue to deliver its recently launched Breakbulk365 program that includes webinars and the BreakbulkONE Show to ensure the project cargo industry stays connected and updated on critical information during this period of constant change.

containershipCyber-attacks on the maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems have increased by 900% over the last three years with the number of reported incidents set to reach record volumes by year end.

Addressing port and terminal operators during an online forum last week, Robert Rizika, Naval Dome’s Boston-based Head of North American Operations, explained that in 2017 there were 50 significant OT hacks reported, increasing to 120 in 2018 and more than 310 last year. He said this year is looking like it will end with more than 500 major cyber security breaches, with substantially more going unreported.

Speaking during the 2020 Port Security Seminar & Expo, a week-long virtual conference organised by the American Association of Port Authorities, Rizika said that since NotPetya – the virus that resulted in a US$300 million loss for Maersk – “attacks are increasing at an alarming rate”.

Recalling recent attacks, he told delegates that in 2018 the first ports were affected, with Barcelona, then San Diego falling under attack. Australian shipbuilder Austal was hit and the attack on COSCO took down half of the shipowner’s US network.

He said this year a US-based gas pipeline operator and shipping company MSC have been hit by malware, of which the latter incident shut down the shipowner’s Geneva HQ for five days. A US-based cargo facility’s operating systems were infected with the Ryuk ransomware, and last month the OT systems at Iran’s Shahid Rajee port were hacked, restricting all infrastructure movements, creating a massive back log.

Reports of this attack have gone some way in raising public awareness of the potential wider impact of cyber threats on ports around the world. Intelligence from Iran, along with digital satellite imagery, showed the Iranian port in a state of flux for several days. Dozens of cargo ships and oil tankers waiting to offload, while long queues of trucks formed at the entrance to the port stretching for miles, according to Naval Dome.

Emphasising the economic impact and ripple effect of a cyber-attack on port infrastructures, Rizika revealed that a report published by Lloyd’s of London indicated that if 15 Asian ports were hacked financial losses would be more than US$110 billion, a significant amount of which would not be recovered through insurance policies, as OT system hacks are not covered.

Going on to explain which parts of the OT system – the network connecting RTGs, STS cranes, traffic control and vessel berthing systems, cargo handling and safety and security systems, etc., – are under threat, Rizika said all of them.

“Unlike the IT infrastructure, there is no “dashboard” for the OT network allowing operators to see the health of all connected systems. Operators rarely know if an attack has taken place, invariably writing up any anomaly as a system error, system failure, or requiring restart.

“They don’t know how to describe something unfamiliar to them. Systems are being attacked but they are not logged as such and, subsequently, the IT network gets infected,” Rizika explained.

“What is interesting is that many operators believe they have this protected with traditional cyber security, but the fire walls and software protecting the IT side, do not protect individual systems on the OT network,” he said.

An example would be the installation of an antivirus system on a vessel bridge navigation system (ECDIS) or, alternatively, a positioning system in a floating rig DP (Dynamic Positioning), or on one of the dock cranes on the pier side of the port.

“The antivirus system would very quickly turn out to be non-essential, impairing and inhibiting system performance. Antivirus systems are simply irrelevant in places where the attacker is anonymous and discreet,” he said.

“Operational networks, in contrast to information networks, are measured by their performance level. Their operation cannot be disconnected and stopped. An emergency state in these systems can usually only be identified following a strike and they will be irreparable and irreversible.”

Where OT networks are thought to be protected, Rizika said they are often inadequate and based on industrial computerised system, operating in a permanent state of disconnection from the network or, alternatively, connected to port systems and the equipment manufacturer’s offices overseas via RF radio communication (wi-fi) or a cellular network (via SIM).

“Hackers can access the cranes, they can access the storage systems, they can penetrate the core operational systems either through cellular connections, wi-fi, and USB sticks. They can penetrate these systems directly.”

Rizika said that as the maritime industry moves towards greater digitalisation and increases the use of networked, autonomous systems, moving more equipment and technologies online, more vulnerabilities, more loopholes, will be created.

“There will be a whole series of new cyber security openings through which people can attack if systems are not properly protected.

“If just one piece of this meticulously-managed operation goes down it will create unprecedented backlog and impact global trade, disrupting operations and infrastructure for weeks if not months, costing tens of millions of dollars in lost revenues.”

Naval Dome also predicts that cyber criminals, terrorists and rogue states will at some point begin holding the environment to ransom. “One area we see becoming a major issue is cyber-induced environmental pollution. Think about it: you have all these ships in ports, hackers can easily over-ride systems and valves to initiate leaks and dump hazardous materials, ballast water, fuel oil, etc.,” Rizika warned.

Offering advice on the first steps port operators need to take to protect their OT systems, he said a deep understanding of the differences between the two spaces is vital.

“There is a disconnect between IT and OT security. There is no real segregation between the networks. People can come in on the OT side and penetrate the IT side. We are actually seeing this now. Successful IT network hacks have their origins in initial penetration of the OT system.”

In a pre-recorded message broadcast during Naval Dome’s presentation, Rear Admiral (Retd) Shiko Zana, the CEO of Ashdod Port, said: “We have become more aware of the growing cyber threat to OT systems. Naval Dome has a unique cyber defence solution capable of protecting against both internal and external cyber attack vectors. The solution provides protection for OT systems.”

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