Lockout in Port of Gothenburg, development
Lockout in the Port of Gothneburg
The lock out in the Port of Gothenburg that APM Terminal has advised is n ow in full effect and as a consequence of the limited capacity is that shipping lines now re –rout their feeders to other ports in Gothenburg and the Maersk direct call has been cancelled. This means that containers consigned to Gothenburg van end up in other Swedish port with possible delays and there can also be port rents in transshipment ports since containers can be long standing waiting for space on suitable feeder vessel. Shipping lines has also increased the congestion fee charged for containers arriving to Gothenburg. Levels vary from shipping line to shipping line and costs I between USD/EUR 100-150 for 20’ containers and the double amount for 40’ containers.
We monitor the development and will keep you updated. We are sorry for the inconvenience with delays and extra costs such as domestic transports, terminal handling, rents and so one that might occur because of the conflict. The extra costs that occurs due to the conflict will be charged on our clients.
Latest information iaboput the conflict from APM Terminals
Status at the terminal and mediation scheduled with the Dockworkers Union, sec 4
The partial lock-out commenced Friday May 19, 2017 at 16:00 as no solution could be reached with the Swedish Dockworkers Union, section 4 (SDU). Since then we have had limited operation at the terminal to the opening hours 7:00 – 16:00.
For each area of the terminal it summarizes as follows;
Vessel – A reduced berth plan is in place and has been communicated to the vessel operators. We have fulfilled the plan in full.
Rail way – A reduced rail plan is in place. Several changes have been necessary also due to limitations on the main railway system on. We operate as planned.
Trucking grid – The reduced opening hours from 7:15 – 15:15 has been implemented. In general we turn trucks within the targeted 50 min.
Empty depot – We have experienced a rush at opening 7:15 on both Monday and Tuesday. This has resulted in longer queues than normal. We will do our utmost to limit the queues in the coming days, but somewhat longer handling time just after opening may be expected.
The Swedish National Mediation Institute have called for mediation Friday May, 26 or Wednesday May, 31. Both dates was accepted by APM Terminals. SDU could not attend on Friday May, 26, hence the mediation meeting will take place Wednesday May, 31.
Press conference with Ylva Johansson
The government is now taking action as requested by APM Terminals and Swedish Ports. During a press conference today May 23 with Ylva Johansson, Minister for Labor and Employment, it was announced that the government will appoint an Investigator who shall review the right to take industrial actions in situations where the employer already have a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Please refer for more details at the governments homepage where the following pressrelease is available.
More information can also be found in the pressrelease from Swedish Ports.
APM Terminals Gothenburg