Upcoming Industrial Action at Lyttelton Port
As you may be aware, there is further industrial action planned at Lyttelton Port (LPC).
We understand that the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have rejected offers made by the Port to date and have therefore served another two strike notices which will result in the Port being closed on the following days:
Friday April 20th April 2018 – Tuesday 24th April 2018 (inclusive)
Thursday 26th April 2018 – Sunday 29th April 2018 (inclusive)
Please bear in mind that the intermediary day Wednesday 25th April 2018 is a public holiday for ANZAC Day.
LPC have advised that they are currently assessing their ability to offer R&D services at the container terminal over this period. They have informed us that container vessels that are berthed will be able to work throughout the strikes, however there will be no vessel movements over this period.
In speaking to the respective shipping lines that have vessels scheduled to call Lyttelton Port during this time, most have indicated that currently they are looking to reserve any decisions on contingency plans as a result of omitting the Lyttelton call until nearer to the time.
In the meantime, we can advise as follows in regards to vessels arriving during the strike period, to the best of our understanding at the time of sending (subject to further updates from the shipping lines):
LICA MAERSK V825S – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 21st April 2018. Maersk have indicated that they will make a decision on whether or not they will call Lyttelton on 18th April 2018.
NYK FUTAGO V45 – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 23rd April 2018. Due to vessel delay, we understand that it is expected to omit the Lyttelton call in order to recover berthing schedule. A final decision by the vessel operator is pending.
KOTA APL V8 – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 25th April 2018. A final decision by the vessel operator is pending.
RHL AURORA V1809 – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 26th April 2018. Maersk have indicated that they will make a decision on whether or not they will call Lyttelton on 23rd April 2018.
OOCL SAVANNAH V331s – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 26th April 2018 – We understand that due to dense fog, Shanghai Port closure and congestion issues, that this vessel is expected to omit Lyttelton (and Port Chalmers) in order to recover berthing schedule. A final decision by the vessel operator is pending.
LARS MAERSK V835S – Scheduled ETA Lyttelton 28th April 2018. Maersk have indicated that they will make a decision on whether or not they will call Lyttelton on 24th April 2018.
We will continue to keep you updated of developments as soon as information comes to hand, but should you require any further information at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact your local Mondiale Representative as usual.