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JNPT Container Terminal hit by ransomware

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A suspected cyber-attack of the management information system (MIS) has crippled the Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (JNPCT) one of five marine facilities in India’s top container gateway of JNPT (Nhava Sheva).

Jawaharlal Nehru Port- India’s busiest state-owned container gateway has five operating terminals of which JNPCT, the oldest terminal in the public harbour is run by the landlord port itself, while the others have been licensed to private concessionaires, such as DP World, APM Terminals and PSA on a build-operate-transfer basis.

After the detection of the attack yesterday, the port authority has been working feverishly to restore the critical operating systems, sources informed.

‘There has been a technical issue at JNPCT, one of the five container terminals at JNPT. Govt agencies are working to resolve it.  While there is a system disruption, there has been no effect on the cargo operations at JNPCT.  To ensure business continuity, a standard operating procedure has been chalked out for an interim period for handling EXIM containers at JNPCT through alternate arrangements from February 23, 2022. Howsoever there has been no impact on the operations at the other 4 terminals at JNPT.’

JNPT Spokesperson

Although JNPT has not officially issued any updates on the source and type of the attack, JNPCT has diverted one of its scheduled vessels to the nearby terminal after it abruptly stopped accepting vessels alongside. There has also been no firm indications as to when the outage will be fixed.

JNPCT which began operations in 1989 has been put for privatization by the port authority as part of the government’s National Monetisation Pipeline, intended to monetize stressed cargo berths at the country’s major ports. The tender has attracted ‘expressions of interest from a dozen companies, including DP World, APMT, PSA, and Adani.

The bidding process is expected to be completed in July. After which, what remains to be seen is how the effort will help JNPCT to regain its footing as competition continues to grow, mainly driven by Adani’s Mundra Port, roughly 300 nautical miles up the west coast.

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