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  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:03 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    Commandant MSIB Number: 10-19 U.S. Coast Guard Date: December 16, 2019 Inspections and Compliance Directorate Contact: Mr. Charles Blackmore 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE, STOP 7501 Phone: (202) 372-1109 Washington, DC 20593-7501 E-Mail:

    Cyberattack Impacts MTSA Facility Operations

    The purpose of this bulletin is to inform the maritime community of a recent incident involving a ransomware intrusion at a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facility. Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, identified as “Ryuk” ransomware, may have entered the network of the MTSA facility via an email phishing campaign. Once the embedded malicious link in the email was clicked by an employee, the ransomware allowed for a threat actor to access significant enterprise Information Technology (IT) network files, and encrypt them, preventing the facility’s access to critical files. The virus further burrowed into the industrial control systems that monitor and control cargo transfer and encrypted files critical to process operations. The impacts to the facility included a disruption of the entire corporate IT network (beyond the footprint of the facility), disruption of camera and physical access control systems, and loss of critical process control monitoring systems. These combined effects required the company to shut down the primary operations of the facility for over 30 hours while a cyber-incident response was conducted.

    For more information on Ryuk ransomware, please visit: At a minimum, the following measures may have prevented or limited the breach and decreased the time for recovery:  Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems to monitor real-time network traffic  Industry standard and up to date virus detection software  Centralized and monitored host and server logging  Network segmentation to prevent IT systems from accessing the Operational Technology (OT) environment  Up-to-date IT/OT network diagrams  Consistent backups of all critical files and software

    The Coast Guard recommends facilities utilize the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and NIST Special Publication 800-82 when implementing a Cyber Risk Management Program.

    The Coast Guard urges maritime stakeholders to verify the validity of the email sender prior to responding to or opening any unsolicited email messages. Additionally, facility owners and operators should continue to evaluate their cybersecurity defense measures to reduce the effect of a cyber-attack.

    This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.

    For more information on ransomware-related best practices and other resources please visit the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ransomware resource page at:

    As a reminder, suspicious activity and breaches of security, including breaches of telecommunications equipment, including computer, system and network security measures which support functions described in the facility security plan or could contribute to a Transportation Security Incident (TSI), must be reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802. For additional guidance on the defining and reporting of cyber incidents refer to CG-5P Policy Letter 08-16, “Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security.”

    The Coast Guard encourages companies and their facilities to remain vigilant in the identification and prompt reporting of suspicious cyber-related activities. Questions pertaining to this bulletin may be directed to the Coast Guard Office of Port & Facility Compliance’s Domestic Ports Division (CG-FAC1) at (202) 372-1109.


    This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:53 AM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    CHARLESTON, SC — DEC. 13, 2019 — South Carolina Ports Authority received international recognition for the Port of Charleston’s performance and overall productivity.

    The Journal of Commerce ranked the Port of Charleston No. 1 for overall productivity in the midsize ports category for North American ports. Wando Welch Terminal was named No. 1 for overall productivity in the midsize terminals category.

    The awards were presented this week during JOC Events’ annual Port Performance North America Conference in Newark, N.J.

    For more information on SCPA, please visit

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:46 AM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    See this Marine Safety Information Bulletin here

  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019 12:17 PM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    Read more about the grants to 71 charitable organizations here.

  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019 8:56 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    News & Notes 11/9/20

    Wednesday, January 08, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    News & Notes January 9, 2020

    Port News

    Congress, President Trump Approve $138 Million for Harbor Deepening Project (Metro CAE)

    Southeast Ports Big Winners in 2019 Due to Shift in Container Imports (Freightwaves)

    Traffic Jam on the Illinois Waterway: Tugboats Are Busy Through the Holidays (WSJ)


    Festive Boost for Container Lines as Tighter Supply Pushes Up Spot Rates (Loadstar)

    Oil Firms Tighten Security After US Strike on Iranian Commander (WSJ)

    Cosco Vessel Catches Fire (Port Tech)

    Tankers Flock to US as Freight Rates Surge (Marine Link)


    Fleetwood Transportation Closing Its Doors After 63 Years (Lufkindaily)

    Banks Own Thousands of Rail Cars But Don’t Know What to Do With Them (WSJ)

    NFI Trucking Expands To Southeast by Adding  G & P (Philadelphia Observer)

    Drop Trailers: What’s Old is New Again (Supply Chain)

    Class 1 Railroads Embrace PSR to Mixed Results (Supply Chain)

    Logistics/Supply Chain

    China to Lower Tariffs on Hundreds of Products January 1 (Supply Chain)

    Global Shippers Forum Signal Pushback on IMO 2020 Surcharges (Maritime Exec)

    How to obtain NOAA ENC-based paper nautical charts after NOAA ends production of traditional paper charts


    Kristen Crossett, 301-325-2113

    Recently, NOAA announced the start of a five-year process to end traditional paper nautical chart production. While NOAA is sunsetting its traditional nautical chart products, it is undertaking a major effort to improve the data consistency and provide larger scale coverage within its electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) product suite. Over the next five years, NOAA will work to ease the transition to ENC-based products, such as providing access to paper chart products based on ENC data. The online NOAA Custom Chart prototype application enables users to create their own charts from the latest NOAA ENC data. Users may define the scale and paper size of custom-made nautical charts centered on a position of their choosing. Users may then download, view, and print the output. The application is an easy way to create a paper or digital backup for electronic chart systems.

    This webcast will provide an overview of the sunsetting process and a live demonstration of the NOAA Custom Chart prototype, including a discussion of the improvements that are planned for the prototype.

    Date and time: Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. (EST)
    How to register:

    NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation. 

    DHS CISA Report                                                         01.07.20

    Currently no threat to the homeland!

    Overview of threat:

    Iran, China, Russia, North Korea (Big 4)

    They are using cyber technics. They have invested in necessities for espionage in steeling property.

    Recently showing capabilities in social influences to further their national interest.

    Iran pushing pro-Iran and anti-US in social media.

    This is the perfect opportunity to get in the middle of the fight for other Actors.

    Islamic revolutionary Guard & Taron involved.

    Historical examples:

    Golf with wiper attacks and malware. Read June 22nd Alert.

    2011-2013 Iranian Actors attacked US banks

    Aug 2013- Damn in NY- IT, Corporate and Industrial Central System

    2014- Las Vegas- data breach

    2013-2017 Iranian launch cyber theft campaign (IRG ) against federal agencies

    Nov 18-   Department of Justice - Sam/Sam Ransomware for financial-ware


    CISA Insite – What they know about the Actors, and steps you can take right now. (Executive level quick doct)

    CISA Cyber Activity Alert- Iranian Cyber Response- Includes the Iranian attack, their techniques, the detection and mitigations (Technical doct)

    National Terrorism Advisory

    Action guides (range of resources)

    Comments & Questions ……..              

  • Monday, November 25, 2019 12:17 PM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    View the SC Ports holiday gate hours here.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 8:00 PM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is continuing rehabilitation of the I-526 Wando River Bridge rehabilitation project. The upcoming work schedule is as follows, weather permitting:

    On Friday night November 22 thru Monday morning November 25 a lane closure will be in effect on the Eastbound lanes of Interstate 526. The right lane and truck climbing lane of Interstate I-526 Eastbound will be closed beginning 8 PM Friday night and will reopen no later than 6 AM Monday morning. 

    The left lane will remain open at all times. Exit 24 (Daniel Island) will remain accessible. No lanes of travel will be affected in the Westbound direction. Signage, traffic control devices and Highway Patrol will be onsite directing motorists and controlling the flow of traffic. SCDOT appreciates the cooperation of the Charleston community as these necessary maintenance activities take place. 

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