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Urgent News Regarding Gemini Shippers Group Annual Members Meeting

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Urgent News Regarding Gemini Shippers Group Annual Members Meeting

Good Morning Members,

Due to growing concerns about COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution,we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Gemini Shippers Group annual member meeting on June 16th in New York.
This was a not an easy decision to make but it is most important to prioritize the health and safety of our members, team and guest speakers. Please ensure you cancel any hotel and travel arrangements made .

But, just because we cannot meet in person, does not mean we can’t share some of the great information we had planned for June.  We will replace our meeting with a series of virtual webinars covering many of the topics we had planned. We are working with our great list of speakers now to arrange dates and we will we will have more details over the next several weeks on how to sign up for the events.

Great supply chains need to be nimble and adaptive, and our association is ready to rise to the occasion. We will have a great series of events for you to participate in.  In the mean time we will continue to post all of our COVID-19 updates on the member site.  Our team is here to help in any way we can during this difficult time, if you think we might be able to help in any way, we are just an email or phone call away.

 

Coronavirus Incites Barrage of Social Engineering Campaigns

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Members,
Please note the update we have received  on IT security and targeting shippers and transport companies by phishing attacks related to the coronavirus. Please remain diligent and be aware of these campaigns.
Coronavirus Incites Barrage of Social Engineering Campaigns

Over the past several weeks, various threat actors have taken advantage of the global concern and interest in the recent coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, to launch new social engineering campaigns. The NJCCIC previously reported on coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to deliver the Emotet trojan, and others have now surfaced. Proofpoint reported on a phishing campaign targeting industries that could be impacted by shipping disruptions as a result of the virus, including manufacturing, industrial, finance, transportation, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic companies. These emails attempt to convince the recipient to open a Word document attachment regarding the impacts on shipping. The threat actors attempt to exploit a nearly three-year old Microsoft Office vulnerability (CVE-2017-11882) and, once the attachment is opened and macros are enabled, the AZORult information-stealing trojan is installed. In addition, Sophos reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) is being impersonated to spread malware via a phishing campaign that includes the WHO logo and branding and provides the recipient with a link to safety measures regarding the spread of 2019-nCoV. The link leads to a compromised website that looks identical to the WHO homepage; however, a popup requests the visitor to verify their email and password. The URL for this site is not the legitimate WHO homepage and is a noticeable red flag. The NJCCIC highly encourages users to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution with emails that reference 2019-nCoV, refraining from clicking links or opening attachments. Phishing attempts can be reported to the NJCCIC via the Cyber Incident Form. The WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide up-to-date information regarding the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

 

National Maritime Day

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Each year on May 22 our country celebrates National Maritime Day.

The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.

Holiday Schedule

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Dear Member,

The Gemini offices will close at noon on Friday December 23rd and be closed December 26th
reopening on Tuesday December 27th.

The Gemini offices will Close at noon on Friday December 30th and be closed January 2nd
reopening on Tuesday January 3rd.

Wishing You and Your Family a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Sara Mayes
President
Gemini Shippers Group/FASA

ILA – Stop Work on Hanjin Ships and Containers

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Members,

This morning we have learned that the International Longshoremen’s Association has decided to cease working on Hanjin ships and moving Hanjin cargo on the U.S East Coast ports.

It is our understanding the ILA policy is as follows:

  • They will not work Hanjin vessels until the matter is resolved.
  • They will work non-Hanjin vessels as normal including discharging Hanjin cargo to place of rest on the dock.
  • They will not deliver Hanjin cargo currently on terminal.

We understand that Hanjin has asked for this funding and that an answer is not expected till early next week.  We will continue to investigate this with terminal operators and port authorities to learn more on the ILA actions and their effect on cargo.

Best Regards
Gemini Shippers Association