Thanks to Quick Silver, who were kind enough to pass the following along:
Please be advised, we have been informed by APM Terminal that the terminal unions have threatened an agitation effective 8th October, 2012 due to certain demands.
While efforts and dialogue from terminal’s end is ongoing to resolve the issue, if they are unable to make a breakthrough then we expect –
Ø Approach road to all three terminals will be affected, impacting road movement to/from CFS/Factory.
Ø GTI terminal operation could be impacted as Unions may restrain the work-force from entering the terminal.
Ø As of now the strike call is for an indefinite agitation, all political parties are supporting and demands also include employing 100 people at each private terminal.
In view of above, following vessels/services of Hapag Lloyd will be impacted.
· EPIC vessel – Rio De La Plata should be in a position to discharge all cargo, all endeavors are being made to complete loading operations and sail before the strike commences
· CIX / CIS vessels – India Express / Emirate Ganges will arrive as per window and will berth if situation permits discharge/load operations.
· INDAMEX Vessel – Mare Atlanticum, plans are being made to berth on the first available tide on 7th early morning, complete discharge operations and endeavor to complete loading if activities are not disrupted inside the terminal.
· We will endeavor to complete the discharge operation and load whatever possible.
· In case vessel not allowed to berth at Nhava Sheva, we will have no other option but to re-berth at Colombo and transship all import boxes on third party feeder on customer account with additional cost of approx. USD 400/TEU and export container will be rolled to next available vessel.
· GTI has advised to stop movement of reefers until the strike threat is lifted.