Unfortunately we have been advised by the Port of Lyttelton that the planned industrial action commenced overnight and strike notices remain in place 21st – 25th March 2018.
Our Customer Services Team will continue to keep you updated in regards to contingency plans and costs specific to Orders we are tracking on your behalf but should you require any further information or wish to discuss any alternative options, please do not hesitate to contact your Mondiale representative.
We will do all possible to minimise any delays and additional costs as a result of vessels being unable to call Lyttelton during this period. Most of the lines have opted to terminate containers at alternative ports with arrangements thereafter being for consignee’s care and cost. Please bear in mind that the situation is somewhat unsettled as the lines adopt various contingency plans on a vessel by vessel basis, some at short notice due as they also manage further limitations in regards to space and resources as a result of demand on the coastal and rail network, but we will keep you updated as soon as information comes to hand.
Full notification from the Port of Lyttelton below for your reference.
Strikes start midnight at Lyttelton Port
Strikes will begin at midnight tonight at Lyttelton Port by the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU). The Union is striking for five days (21 to 25 March inclusive).
However, we now have certainty there will be no strikes at Lyttelton Port the following week - from Monday March 26 to Monday 2 April, inclusive. The Union must give us fourteen days notice of strike action and no such notices have been received for any days in that week.
We have made a generous salary increase offer to RMTU members – a workforce which is already well paid. We want to resolve the dispute but we cannot accept the Union’s unreasonable salary increase demands.
At the end of this message we have provided LPC’s Media Statement, issued today, which gives further clarity about our position.
We appreciate your continuing patience during this difficult time. If you have any questions regarding the industrial action place discuss them with your usual LPC contact.
Operations during Strike Period
LPC will be unable to berth any vessels during the strike period. This includes Container, Coal, Bulk, Tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance.
The Container Terminal will not be stevedoring any container vessels or coal vessels during the strike period.
The Container Terminal and Empty Container Yard (ECY) will be open for Receival and Delivery of cargo between the hours of 0700 and 1500 Monday – Saturday.
No services will be available on Sunday.
We will be able to continue Reefer Power and Monitoring services at the Terminal.
Train capacity between KiwiRail Container Terminal and Lyttelton Container Terminal will be limited to one train per day. Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.
We will continue to receive cargo with a valid booking number for vessels scheduled to call at Lyttelton. However shippers should consult directly with their shipping lines to determine what contingency plans are in place for export cargo prior to bringing cargo into the Port.
Where port omissions are likely and customers have the ability to hold cargo at their facilities, or at alternate facilities, we would appreciate these options being considered to assist with potential capacity issues at the Port which could result from cargo build up.
Due to the fluid nature of this situation we will continue to monitor our approach to receiving export cargo and keep you updated.
CityDepot and MidlandPort
Neither CityDepot nor MidlandPort will be affected by the strikes. For those customers that use these facilities for full cargo, we are monitoring yard and rail capacity closely and will liaise with you if we start seeing a build up of cargo. If vessel calls are uncertain, we would ask that cargo is held on site where possible. Train capacity between MidlandPort and LCT will be limited to one train service.