BCMEA UPDATE: ILWU Canada Strike Vote May 8, 9

UPDATE: May 14 Update: ILWU Local 500 posted the results of the strike vote held on May 8 and 9 on its website. More than 98 percent of the union’s members voted in favor of supporting strike action against the member companies of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, if necessary. As noted in bulletins last…

Port of Chittagong Update

Further to our June 1st customer notice, we would like to advise that the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh is continuing to face a shortage of space to store import containers and loose cargo which is impacting feeder vessel berthing and subsequent sailing of export bound cargo. Discharging cargo from feeders is taking up to…

Canada & USA – Transpacific Eastbound GRI & PSS Update

Please be advised that Transpacific ocean freight carriers have postponed implementation of the previously announced June 15, 2017 General Rate Increase (GRI) applicable on the Asia & Indian Sub-Continent (ISC) to Canada & USA tradelanes. The carriers have announced that the GRI is now scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017, and will be…

Dockworkers in Spain begin strikes over labor reform

Sources: Associated Press; MSC Activity in Spain’s ports was intermittent Monday as dockworkers began a three-day strike to protest layoffs stemming from an effort to liberalize the industry in line with European Union rules. The main national union said that most of the 6,150 dockworkers had stopped working Monday as planned, every other hour. Strikes…

Cyclone Mora makes landfall in Bangladesh

Tropical Cyclone Mora made landfall along the southeast coast of Bangladesh Tuesday morning. Mora was the equivalent of a Category 1 Hurricane when it touched down and although the system is now headed inland, the heavy rain that will continue could result in flooding and mudslides in Bangladesh, Northeast India, and Western Myanmar. Operations at…