January 9, 2017 Updates

Cargo Theft

  • BSi Reported: Fictitious Transport Company Steals Pharmaceutical Products From Warehouse in Moscow, Russia Police officers arrested four criminals who posed as legitimate shippers to steal over 11 million rubles of unspecified pharmaceutical products from a warehouse in Moscow, Russia. The cargo theft group reportedly broke into the accounts of freight transportation companies and used forged documents to execute the heist. Russian authorities suspected that the detainees may have been involved in other similar crimes perpetrated in the area.
  • The Chinese Job! Thieves steal goods from a moving truck and throw them onto their van following behind Many of you have seen some of my presentations where I show an aerial video of cargo thieves in Romania stealing cargo from a moving truck by getting close enough behind it to climb out on the hood and force open the rear truck doors. Here is the latest version of that dangerous activity in China (last year a similar stunt was done in China on a pharma load) See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4032446/The-Chinese-Job-Thieves-steal-goods-moving-truck-throw-van-following-behind.html  
  • New Jersey State Police Mandates Local Law Enforcement Agencies Report Cargo Theft: the NJSP has mandated that local municipalities submit a "File 16" to the State Police whenever a cargo theft occurs in their jurisdiction (see the link, also known as a "Cargo Theft Reporting Instructions")http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/pdf/ucr/CARGO_THEFT_RPT_INSTRUCT.pdf

Supply Chain Disruptions

  • Thailand: As of 9 January 2017, unseasonably heavy rainfall continued across southern Thailand, affecting approximately 1 million people. The floods have affected at least 330,000 residences and damaged transportation infrastructure. Officials at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (VTSF/NST) stated that the airport will remain closed until 11 January due to flooding on the runway. Thai officials announced that they have deployed military troops and police officers to respond to the effects of the floods, including conducting water rescues and making aid deliveries. Residents remain on alert for potential flash flooding in the provinces of Surat Thani, Phuket, Nakhon Si, Thammarat, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Phangnga and Krabi. The total number of fatalities has reached 21 since the rains started on 1 January. Travelers should continue to monitor local weather reports.
  • Turkey: All domestic flights into and out of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (LTBA/IST) -- the third-busiest airport in Europe -- were canceled until at least 1800 local time (1500 UTC) on 9 January 2017 due to heavy snow in the area. Cancellations could extend through midnight local time. Both Ataturk Airport and Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport (LTFJ/SAW) experienced significant delays over the weekend of 6-8 January after snowfall began on the evening of 6 January. Travelers planning trips to or through Istanbul's airports should prepare for delays and should adjust travel plans accordingly.

    Turkey: On 9 January 2017, at approximately 1300 local time (1000 UTC), representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political parties and unions gathered in front of the Turkish parliament building in Ankara to protest constitutional amendments under discussion in the legislature, which would increase the power of the presidency. Police officers forcibly dispersed the protest with tear gas and water cannons shortly after it began. Security officials subsequently cordoned off the premises of the parliament, and police officers secured the streets leading to the building.

    United Kingdom: On 8 January 2017 at 1800 local time/UTC, London Underground staff workers began a pre-announced 24-hour-strike that prompted the closure of most tube (subway) stations in zone one (central London), as well as those on the Victoria, Waterloo and City lines. Transport for London (TfL) deployed extra buses for use, but roads and National Rail services are expected to experience a much higher volume of passenger traffic than usual, affecting travel for all commuters; bus stations, for example, experienced wait times of up to two hours on the morning of 9 January. The strike began after last-minute talks between the London Underground and RMT and TSSA union failed. The effects of the strike are expected to be felt throughout 9 January, especially during the evening rush hour.

    The transportation system in London will experience additional disruptions in the coming days, as Southern Railway workers will begin a two-day strike on 10 January, followed by a 24-hour strike on 13 January. The strike is expected to affect approximately 300,000 passengers in southern Britain, particularly those commuting into or out of London. Thameslink services will continue and TfL is likely to increase bus circulation to help ease the effects of the strike. Travelers in London during the strike should avoid public transportation and should prepare for heavy traffic due to an increased number of drivers on the roads.

    British Airways cabin crew members are also scheduled to stage a strike on 10-11 

  • Israel: On 8 January 2017, a truck driver deliberately drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians at a bus stop on the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem, killing four Israeli soldiers and injuring 17 civilians. Authorities shot and killed the perpetrator, who is believed to be from East Jerusalem. Following the attack, officials closed the promenade, which overlooks the Old City. While no group has claimed responsibility, the militant Palestinian group Hamas issued a statement calling the attack “heroic.” For his part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the attacker may have been a sympathizer of the Islamic State (IS).