Delays due to storm and blockade
Due to the severe weather conditions, the terminal closed its activities where we for safety issues could not uphold operation. The storm has impact most of our marine customers who has experienced delays and difficulties in keep schedules. Apart from the storm, we have had two major disruptions on our quay cranes and seen a higher absence ratio than normal.
Disproportional consequences of ongoing industrial actions
Due to the blockade by the Dockworkers Union, we have not had the required flexibility needed to handle such changes, by inserting additional resources with overtime and pool-workers (“Blixt”). This is a complete unreasonable situation for us and our customers and we will immediately start to negotiate for an increased flexibility on the terminal.
Negotiations about straddle carrier operation and summer planning for added flexibility
On Monday 16th January we have planned negotiations with our CBA holder Transport workers Union about two proposals that will address the need for added flexibility;
• Increased access to straddle carrier capacity via further education of drivers from the pool (“Blixt”) who can be used at peaks and other unforeseen circumstances
• Better planning for the summer which covers both parental leave and holiday
Challenges situation at the terminal
Due to the current situation we advise our customers in the best way possible to control cargo flows in order to maintain as effective yard density in the terminal, e.g. only deliver export cargo two days prior departure, still maintaining current closing times.
Despite ongoing dialogue – new industrial action by the Dockworkers Union
Despite ongoing dialogue and already planned discussions with the Dockworkers Union next week, APM Terminals today at lunch receive new notice for industrial action. A strike is planned for Tuesday 24 January from 12-noon until 8PM the same day.
Continued invite from APMT to reach a solution
APM Terminals will continue to seek dialogue and discussions with the Dockworkers Union to reach a solution. We are even in close contact with both Swedish Ports Association and the Swedish National Mediation Institute. APM Terminals find it very regrettable that the dialogue takes placed under ongoing industrial actions and a further escalation is made during ongoing dialogue.
We hope for your understanding for the complex situation and we deeply regret the consequences this causes you as customer.
APM Terminals Gothenburg