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Is Your Company Protected from the Threat of Cyber-Attacks?

Recently Roanoke’s VP of Client Development, Richard Bridges, published a compelling article tackling cyber-attacks in CNS Air Cargo Focus. Deeply involved in international trade and insurance for more than 18 years, Rick is no stranger to issues of cybersecurity. Every company, industry, and institution is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Ransomware has exploded and hackers are exploiting the plethora of options they now have to access your company’s sensitive and confidential information. From healthcare institutions to your transportation and logistics providers, everyone is at risk of a data breach. The article highlights some valuable defense mechanisms companies can use to fight back:   Employee education Network segmentation Up-to-date anti-malware software SSL encryptions on all sensitive information Backing up confidential information locally, offsite and in the cloud Investing in cyber insurance to cover the costs of a breach   Cybercriminals are known to target transportation and logistics providers because they are able to intercept the time and place that large deliveries are being made or when shipments may be left unattended. Organized cargo theft rings are happy to take advantage of companies who do not effectively protect themselves from ransomware threats. We encourage each and every one of our customers to read Rick’s article so you can learn more about how your company may be vulnerable to cyber-attacks and how you can do everything in your power to prevent them from happening in your business. Read the full article from Rick in CNS Air Cargo Focus, here.

Minimizing Ship Risks: Choosing the Right Vessel for Project Needs

Last updated on May 20th, 2020  Multipurpose covers a huge variation of vessels including heavy-lift capability, but all are typically geared with some type of crane or derrick. In this modern age, multipurpose vessels will also have hatch openings that allow full access to ’tween decks and lower holds. While ’tween decks can be fixed but often flexible in their location, lower holds can often stretch the full length of the allowable cargo area. Some multipurpose vessels have lift-on, lift-off; roll-on, roll-off; or float-on, floatoff capabilities, and many have container carrying facilities, both in the hold and on deck. Tony Betteridge, head of marine – Asia at Munich Re Syndicate, agrees with me that the ideal for most underwriters, risk engineers and seafarers is that breakbulk cargoes should only be carried on vessels that allow full access to the stowage location and have their own lifting gear, so that vessels are not dependent upon port infrastructure for load or discharge operations. In addition, the ability to weld seafastenings is a major advantage, although some multipurpose carriers prefer not to. In short, geared bulk carriers and multipurpose vessels deliver flexibility and, additionally, the ability to modify a stow plan late in the game should surprises pop up during loading. Capt. Glenn Walker from Atlantic Marine Associates, or AMA, a worldwide surveying firm, points out additional risks associated using bulk carriers over multipurpose vessels. He lists the risks as a lack of deck strength, and a lack of adequate lashing equipment and points in cargo holds and/or on deck. Betteridge adds that the ability to weld adequate sea fastenings on the tank top in the cargo holds of a bulk carrier will likely not be an option due to the lack of vessel structure and deck strengthening, as well as the close proximity to bunker tanks. When weldments are considered in the holds of bulk carriers, weldments on the deck should be aligned with vessel internals to cope with high accelerations. Geared bulk carriers may also lack suitable lifting equipment where heavy-lifts are concerned. In all events, the type of vessel needs to be properly evaluated where loading and securing of cargo is concerned in order to ensure suitability. Chief Engineer John Poulson, director from AMA’s New York office, offers advice on carrying nonhomogeneous cargo such as steel coils in conventional bulk…
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