Cyber threat still real

Warnings issued to merchant fleet.

Cyber Incidents Could Disrupt Merchant Ship, Port Operations, Experts Say

By OTTO KREISHER, Seapower Special Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. – As if the historic threat of piracy and the more recent fears of terrorist attacks were not enough, the commercial maritime industry now must worry about cyber incidents disrupting the increasingly automated operations of their vessels or the vital port facilities, a panel of maritime experts said.

A cyber attack or accidental corruption of a merchant ship’s navigation, engineering management or communications systems could result in costly delays or alterations of the vessel’s delivery schedule, or even threaten the safety of the ship, its sailors and cargo, the government and industry representatives said May 23 at a maritime security seminar held in honor of National Maritime Day by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington.

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