FMC Considering CMA CGM Petition Following Cyber Attack

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 9, 2020

(Photo: Port of New York & New Jersey)

(Photo: Port of New York & New Jersey)

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it is considering a petition filed by French container shipping group CMA CGM requesting temporary exemption from certain filing requirements following last month's cyber attack affecting the carrier's servers.

In its petition, CMA CGM and affiliated companies seek an exemption from certain tariff publications and service contract filings that were impacted by the recent cyber attack, FMC said, adding it will accept public comments on the request through October 15.

CMA CGM, the world's fourth-largest container shipping company, first reported the incident September 28, saying it had shut down access to its online services after malware targeted its peripheral servers. The firm later said it suspected a data breach as result of the attack.

As of Friday, the company continues to work to restore full online services, though vessels operations have not been impacted, and all containers are being loaded and discharged as planned.

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