Maersk arranges contingency plans amid labour disruption

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Maersk arranges contingency plans amid labour disruption

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has informed of significant disruptions across terminals at the Port of Rotterdam amid ongoing bargaining talks.

Just last week, the carrier warned of Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) negotiations taking place between unions and the Hutchinson Delta II and Maasvlakte II terminals.

Maersk is expecting its TA1 and TA3 services to be affected immediately – both routes connecting major ports in Europe to North America terminals.

The Danish giant has drawn up several contingency measures to minimise the impact on customers’ supply chains.

“It is not yet clear how long the negotiations will be taking place, but our teams will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary,” reads Maersk’s latest advisory.

“These changes have been made in order to alleviate pressure on the network and ensure schedule integrity going forwards, allowing us to keep customer supply chains moving as efficiently as possible.”

In order to keep operations as smooth as possible, Maersk has made the following changes to upcoming schedules:

© Maersk

The carrier has informed that port-to-port bookings that terminate at Antwerp in line with its contingency measures will need alternative transport to reach intended final destinations, at customers’ cost.

Store-door bookings will be delivered to the final destination as planned.

Last week, dockworkers at the Port of Felixstowe reached a deal ending months of strike action that rampaged through UK’s largest container port.

The port said that over 90 per cent of its workers have agreed to accept a pay deal that would lift wages 8.5 per cent next year.

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