As you may have seen and heard on the news, DP World Terminals have suffered a Cyber Attack that was detected late on Friday and all systems in the terminals around Australia are affected.

It has been indicated that the national emergency response coordination mechanism had been evoked as DP World Australia seeks to recover its software systems. It was reported that National Cyber Security Coordinator, Air Marshal Darren Goldie, was providing technical advice and assistance, and was quoted publicly as saying that that “this interruption is likely to continue for a number of days and will impact the movement of goods into and out of the country.”

It is understood that some 30,000 containers are impacted by the Cyber Attack in DP World Terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle, no official statement has yet been released by DP World at this time and to when systems are expected to be returned to normal.

The Cyber Attack comes after protestors rallied on Friday outside DP World Sydney Terminal against an Israeli ZIM Line vessel that was due to berth, however the vessel was delayed and sat off anchor to avoid the clash. There has also been on-going protected industrial action by the Maritime Union for the past 2 weeks with work-bans and full day strikes disrupting operations.

DP World handle approximately 40% of Australia’s import and export containers so major delays are expected to be encountered in finalizing deliveries of imports and exports, the GPSM Transport Team will keep all clients fully updated on developments as soon as further information is available.