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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:01 PM | Deleted user

    Port Automation and Cyber Security Risks

    “To stay ahead of competing ports and technological developments, automation has been heralded as inevitable. Major transshipment hubs and aspiring ports bet their future on automation, which raises the impact cyber risks could have in the long-run.”

    • Container vessels on trade routes will inevitably increase in size.
    • Requirements for higher handling efficiency in order to achieve fast turn-around times.
    • By the end of 2018, ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) are expected to gain a share of

    61 percent of total capacity.

    • Established hubs will automate its terminals to stay relevant.
    • Next generation container vessels will be bigger, increasingly automated and even autonomous.
    • Ports and the shipping industry are integral parts of global and regional supply chain and automation and technological modernization raise the impact and potential of cyber risk.

    Cyber Risks

    Many insiders see the shipping industry and ports as underprepared for cyber threats. Though major players in the shipping industry have recognized and acted on the risks posed by cyber threats, the majority have been slow to recognize potential business risks. The need for better information sharing persists. Automation further increases the exposure and impact of cyber threats for ports, highlighting the importance of data and system integrity.

    The reality of cyber threats to automated terminals was demonstrated in the “NotPetya” cyber attack in June 2017. The attack forced Maersk to interrupt operations at multiple terminals worldwide, causing logistical havoc for weeks after the attack. Overall, it cost Maersk roughly US$300 million, even though the attack was not specifically directed at the company. The “lucky hit” against one of the industry leaders showcases that even well-prepared firms can suffer financial losses due to cyber threats. While ports have to secure themselves from a broad range of risks, cyber criminals can choose from a number of entry points.

    • External vendors, terminal operating systems, and unaware employees may be vulnerable to phishing attacks.
    • Operational systems and data networks are not always up-to-date or properly secured, allowing criminals to gain comparatively easy access to information.

    Renfinity’s Secure Grid Solutions for Ports

    Since 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has put forward voluntary guideline regarding cyber risks. Renfinity’s Secure Grid provides the platform for ports and vendors need to work together and share information, so that experiences and best practices can be shared directly to secure supply chains and port hubs. Secure Grid’s solutions help companies to protect their organizations through technologies and best practices. We help you to:

    • Cyber-secure networks with firewalls and stronger passwords, to deter criminals from trying to exploit current weaknesses
    • Training employees in security protocols and procedures with information systems
    • Secure integrated network devices including but not limited to cameras, video, intercoms, alarms, sensors,
    • Create contingency and scenario plans for better preparations should attacks occur

    And that's just the beginning. Take a moment to discover the Secure Grid products. We are committed to your satisfaction and welcome your feedback. We'll do all we can to make your Secure Grid experience a positive one.

    About Renfinity, Inc. (

    Renfinity designs, manufactures and integrates asset management, wireless communication products and specialized industry solutions for organizations, its strength being specialized solutions that are highly integrated and scalable for asset management, access control and breach detection. .

    Contact us for a Demonstration!!

    Renee McCown – CEO and Founder

    Davis Marshall – Business Develoment

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    Office: 732.241.2118 Office: 843.323.1685

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 3:26 PM | Deleted user

    You’re invited to tour the Empire State VI

    (SUNY Maritime College Training Ship)

    Port of Charleston

    Dock: To Be Determined

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    1:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 1 p.m.)

    Enjoy a day with the SUNY Maritime Admissions team as we take you around the Empire State VI, provide an admissions presentation, and a meet-and-greet with current students, faculty, & staff!

    Ship Event Flyer - Charleston.pdf

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 3:18 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of Captain Reed and Captain Randall, Coast Guard Sector Charleston would like to offer the opportunity to ride the Coast Guard Cutter James as she returns from her most recent patrol. 

    When: June 7, 2019 9:00 am

    Where: FLETC Law Enforcement Dock

    Details: All interested parties will need to report to the law enforcement dock at FLETC at 9:00 am on the 7th of June.  Coast Guard Station Charleston will shuttle participants from FLETC to the CGC James via a Coast Guard small boat.  Participants will embark the CGC James near Ft Sumter and transit back to her pier at FLETC.  The transit should be complete around 12:30 pm. 

    Contact Dennis Bradford if you are interested in this event. 

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:57 AM | Deleted user

    The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2019 and runs through November 30, 2019. The Sector Charleston Captain of the Port (COTP) will announce changes to port conditions via a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) and a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) when tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) threaten South Carolina. 

    Forecasted Hours Prior to Tropical Storm  Force Winds

    Port Condition

    Measures in Effect



    The COTP will assess lay-up and mooring plans, meet with stakeholders, and conduct port assessments.



    The COTP will finalize review of lay-up and mooring plans, hold further meetings with stakeholders, and continue port assessments.  



    The COTP may restrict vessel movements, including stopping inbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations. 



    The COTP may restrict vessel movements, including stopping inbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations.




    Prior to authorizing vessel movements and cargo operations, the COTP will conduct a risk analysis based on actual weather observed and port assessments, which may include verifications of aids to navigation, channel hazards, waterfront facility damage, and vessel accountability.

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:23 AM | Deleted user

    On Friday, May 31, 2019, the TS DEL MONTE will be towed (dead ship) through Charleston Harbor from the Charleston Harbor entrance buoy to Detyen's Shipyard, Charleston, SC.  The tow is expected to occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The tow will be restricted in its ability to maneuver.  Vessels operating in the vicinity of the tow should keep clear.

    All Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. Operators will monitor VHF channel 13 or 16.

    This MSIB can be viewed at For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector's 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:28 PM | Deleted user

    The Low Country Splash swim event will take place on Saturday June 1, 2019, from 7 a.m. through 10 a.m. on the Wando and Cooper Rivers in Charleston, SC. The racecourse will be located between Patriots Point and the 526 bridge over the Wando River. All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. Event representatives will be on scene monitoring VHF channel 68.

    For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

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