Global Container Terminals (GCT) has confirmed it will take legal action against A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, over the decision to move vessel calls to from GCT New York to APMT Port Elizabeth, New Jersey.
In a statement to Port Technology International (PTI), GCT confirmed that it sought “immediate injunctive relief in the federal court in New York” to prevent Maersk moving its and Hamburg Sud’s vessels.
Under the current contract Maersk is obliged to call at GCT New York until the end of 2021. Currently three Maersk/Hamburg Sud vessels call at GCT New York, one European and two South American.
The carrier has reportedly notified GCT that it plans to stop calling at GCT New York in 1 May and offered a “generous” settlement to terminate the agreement.