Transnet systems at Durban harbour allegedly cyber attacked

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A file image of the Durban harbour. (File/Getty)
A file image of the Durban harbour. (File/Getty)

Traffic has backed up at the Durban Harbour after Transnet systems were allegedly cyber attacked on Thursday.

A truck driver said vessels and trucks are not being offloaded at the harbour due to a “virus in the systems”.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Transnet said it “is currently experiencing a disruption in some of its IT applications and the source of this problem is being identified”.

Transnet said their container terminals are not currently operational, “as the NAVIS (Navy Automated Video Information System) system on the trucking side has been affected".

“All business continuity plans have been activated. Operations across the group are continuing, with the freight rail, pipelines, engineering and property divisions reporting normal activity,” said the statement.

In an email sent to logistics stakeholders on Thursday morning, the Cape Town Harbour Carriers Association said their port operating systems were "cyber attacked" and no cargo will be moved until the problem is solved.

Transnet said, “The Ports Authority continues to operate, and vessels moving in and out of the ports are being recorded manually. Customers have been made aware of the disruption and are being engaged throughout the process,” said Transnet.

Transnet said they are working to get the systems up and running again.

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