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.