The Montreal Port Authority issued a notice on Friday afternoon to advise that the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) had received 72 hours’ advance notice from the CUPE union representing Montreal longshore workers for an indefinite general strike beginning this morning at 7:00 am.
This indefinite work stoppage will result in the suspension of berthage services normally provided by longshore workers and the handling of goods in the port’s terminals.
Not affected by this situation are liquid bulk handling, the Oceanex service (Bickerdike Terminal) and the grain terminal (Viterra).
The Montreal Port Authority invites clients to contact or consult the websites of operators such as Termont (Viau and Maisonneuve) and MGTP (Cast and Racine) to learn the latest on the situation.
At this time, it seems most carriers will continue to operate their Transatlantic service, while diverting vessels to other east coast ports until the Port of Montreal is fully operational. This situation is subject to change and is being monitored closely.
For more information, please contact your local Delmar Representative.