Update on Industrial Action at Lyttelton Port Company - Strike notices withdrawn
As you may be aware, Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have reached an agreement which has resulted in the planned industrial action for Friday April 20th April 2018 – Tuesday 24th April 2018 & Thursday 26th April 2018 – Sunday 29th April 2018 being called off, as strike notices have now been withdrawn.
The following media release has been issued by Lyttelton Port Company (LPC):
LPC MEDIA STATEMENT - Lyttelton Port and RMTU reach agreement in principle
Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have today reached an agreement in principle regarding terms of settlement. As a result, the RMTU has lifted all strike notices and LPC has withdrawn its lockout notice.
Lyttelton Port can now continue providing normal operations.
The agreement in principle regarding terms of settlement will require formal ratification by RMTU members at Lyttelton Port.
LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie says “the lifting of the strike notices is an extremely positive step as we move closer to achieving settlement.
“LPC wants to acknowledge customers’ ongoing support and thank them for their patience during the industrial action. It is encouraging that we can again give importers, exporters and our region certainty of uninterrupted service at Lyttelton Port.”
As a result of the above, some of the lines have already reinstated their scheduled Lyttelton Port calls. To follow is a summary of upcoming vessel arrivals & information received from the shipping lines to date for your reference.
NYK Futago V47 – NYK has advised that they will reinstate the Lyttelton call on 24/04/18.
Lica Maersk V825S – Maersk had originally indicated that they would make a decision on this vessel yesterday 18th, and have indicated today that the Lyttelton call 21/04/18 will be reinstated, however we are waiting for their official decision at the time of sending.
Schubert 216N – Vessel has arrived Lyttelton today 19/04/18 as per schedule. Vessel will omit Port Chalmers for schedule recovery.
OOCL Savannah 332N – We understand that vessel will continue to omit Port Chalmers and Lyttelton for schedule recovery. Contingency plans differ according to shipping line, we will contact customers affected to advise of details once we have further information on hand.
CPO Savannah 214N – ANL advise vessel will omit Port Chalmers for schedule recovery.
Kota APL 080 – We understand Lyttelton Port call remains in place 25/04/18 as scheduled.
ANL Elanora 1810 – ANL advise Lyttelton call remains in place 22/04/18 as scheduled.
We will continue to keep you updated as information comes to hand, however should you require anything further in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your Mondiale Representative.