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Congressman plans to introduce legislation to end US purchases of Chinese port cranes

Carlos Giménez, a Republican congressman from Florida, believes Chinese container cranes could put American ports at risk of cyber attacks. He plans to introduce legislation “to try and wean [the US] off these Chinese cranes and other infrastructure needs that may be coming from adversary nations.”

During a Capitol Hill hearing this week on maritime cybersecurity, Giménez said the potential for malware in the cranes’ software threatens port operating systems. “The other concern I have,” said Giménez, “is that whenever the Chinese want, they can cut off our supplies of spare parts” for the cranes.

The hearing was arranged by two subcommittees of the US House Committee on Homeland Security to look at the potential need for regulation to address transportation-focused cyber threats. “Shocked by what we learned during their oversight of Colonial Pipeline and other recent high-profile cyber incidents, members of Congress have begun to question whether the federal government’s approach to cybersecurity – which relies primarily on voluntary partnerships – actually works, or whether some security requirements ought to be mandated,” the committees said in a statement.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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