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Our first priority has not been to look at the financial impact: Maersk’s Asia Pacific chief executive

Maersk said it was too early to predict the financial impact of the last month’s global Petya cyber attack but added that normal operations had resumed at its ports.


“Our first priority has not been to look at the financial impact,” Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk’s Asia Pacific chief executive told reporters on a call.

“It is too early to predict what the impact will be on the quarter-two, or potentially the quarter-three result.”


“Over the last 48 hours we are basically ensuring that just about every port in the world is able to receive and release cargo again.”

He said it was unclear how many bookings had been canceled due to the attack which spread globally on June 28, but the firm was now seeing a rebound in bookings as systems recovered.

He added Maersk would discuss settlement and liability issues with individual shippers who had been affected.

 Van Trooijen said the company did not believe Maersk was deliberately targeted, given the virus’ geographic reach, and that it would continue to work with cybersecurity and software firms to ensure it was as protected as it could be.

He, however, warned it would be difficult to guard against new, random viruses.

“There was nothing in terms of patches that we missed, there was no cyber security measure that we didn’t take, so we were already in quite a strong position,” he said.


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