Update 6 : Industrial Action at Lyttelton Port
Further to earlier advice, we have now received advice from Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) that all port services will resume at Lyttelton Port from midnight Wednesday 14th March until 11.00PM Tuesday 20th of March.
LPC have advised as follows:
LPC is pleased to advise that Lyttelton Port will resume operating all Port services from midnight tonight through until 2300 Tuesday 20 March.
This follows the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) agreeing this afternoon to LPC’s request to extend the withdrawal of strike notices through to the end of Tuesday 20 March.
This will allow us to provide our full range of services at Lyttelton Port for the next six days and allow some meaningful trade to return to the Port.
We have had considerable customer feedback that the Union’s previous withdrawal of strike notices came too late for most of them to divert shipping back to Lyttelton. This is why we today requested the Union extend the withdrawal of its strike notices to 20 March, allowing more time for shipping lines to reconsider their schedules and divert vessels back to Lyttelton.
Shippers should liaise directly with their shipping lines to coordinate their bookings on the returning services.
As a demonstration of good will and our commitment to resolving the dispute, LPC has agreed to pay the RMTU members who will be rostered to work on the days strike notices have been withdrawn (from 15 - 20 March).
Strike notices remain in place for 21 to 25 March. While we realise uncertainty still remains beyond 20 March, what has happened today is a positive development.
We look forward to entering mediation with RMTU tomorrow and will update customers following this.
LPC will keep us updated in regards to the outcome of the impending mediation with the RMTU.
In terms of the contingency plans in place for vessels that have already omitted, or are expected to omit the Lyttelton call, we are liaising with the respective carriers in regards to service options and costs. Some lines have opted to declare Force Majeure, terminating the containers at alternative ports. Our Customer Services Team will keep you updated of any schedule changes affecting your cargo.
Any onforwarding expenditures for containers will be passed on according to our cost, and for any LCL / FAK cargo, we will pass on on a per wm basis. Please bear in mind that some invoices will need to be raised retrospectively as the situation has been fluid and port calls were not finalised at the time of the original billing. We appreciate your understanding in these cases, and we will do all possible to minimise costs and delivery delays.
Please also note that the shipping lines have advised that any contingency plans announced are still subject to securing space on both rail and coastal vessels as required, and confirmation of pending Lyttelton Port calls. They anticipate that there will be delays due to the additional demand on the local network.
Should you require any further information, please contact your Mondiale Representative.