UPDATED: Important information following global cyber attack on Maersk Group

Maersk has confirmed that some of its IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and keep our customers informed, should their shipments be affected.

Message from Maersk Group:

Please see the following information from Maersk Group. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and will make contact with our customers, should they be impacted by this incident.

“Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team”

 

*UPDATE 11:50am* a further message from Maerk

“Dear Customer,

As per our previous customer advisory regarding the impact of the global cyber attack on Maersk Line we are able to provide you with the following services at this time:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned
  • Access to UK and Irish ports is not impacted
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. 
  • Import cargo will be released to credit customers
  • Export haulage booked to load in the next 24 hours will be accommodated where possible”

Furry stowaway finds a home

A cat who was discovered in a Pickfords container earlier this year has found a home.

The feline, believed to have been a street cat, had found its way into a shipping container in Limassol, Cyprus, and spent a month on the water on its way to the UK.

The container was unloaded and trucked to Pickfords’ international warehouse in Kempston, Bedfordshire. On opening the container to unload its customers’ goods, the Pickfords warehouse team discovered the tabby.

The cat was not in the best of health when the container was opened, so Pickfords gave her food and water to keep her going. The team called the local Bedford Trading Standards organisation who sent a team to catch the cat, who was then taken into quarantine.

Once given the all-clear from quarantine, she was taken in by Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre. The cat attracted a lot of interest, but being rather shy after her ordeal, went several weeks without being adopted.

Eventually, an elderly couple visited the Centre, saw the stowaway and fell in love. Confident they would be able to coax her out of her shell, they adopted the feline, naming her ‘Miss Pickford’.

Miss Pickford now enjoys the comforts of her new Birmingham home, and is slowly becoming less shy around her owners.

Pickfords finds furry stowaway

Pickfords discovered a cat in a container earlier this year.

The feline, believed to have been a street cat, had found its way into a shipping container in Limassol, Cyprus, and spent a month on the water on its way to the UK.

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol. Image: Hisashi

The container was carried by the ‘Rio Cadiz’ shipping vessel. The ship and her stowaway travelled from Limassol to Haifa in Israel, then onto Antwerpen in Belgium, then Bremerhaven in Germany before stopping off at Rotterdam and finally arriving in Felixstowe a month after departure.

The container was unloaded and trucked to Pickfords’ international warehouse in Kempston, Bedfordshire. On opening the container to unload its customers’ goods, the Pickfords warehouse team discovered the tabby.

The cat was not in the best of health when the container was opened, so Pickfords gave her food and water to keep her going. The team called the local Bedford Trading Standards organisation who sent a team to catch the cat, who was then taken into quarantine.

The cat was not charged boarding fees for her trip(!)

Update: Furry stowaway finds a home