Disruption at the Port of Rotterdam affects traffic between Europe and North America

Since last week, Hutchison and APM Terminals have faced sluggish operations as a result of collective bargaining. Due to these measures, they face delay in processing all the methods. This week, global shipping company AP Moller – Maersk issued a press release about the ‘go-slow’ operation at several terminals in the Port of Rotterdam and its consequences:

“In light of the ongoing ‘go-slow’ operation at several terminals in the Port of Rotterdam, operations in and out of the port are currently subject to significant disruptions due to collective bargaining negotiations between unions and terminals. Hutchinson Delta II and Maasvlakte II.

Therefore, we expect Maersk TA1 and TA3 services to be affected immediately, with possible extension depending on how the situation develops. We have taken several emergency measures to minimize the impact on your supply chains. It is not yet clear how long the negotiations will last, but our teams will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments if necessary.

To keep operations running as smoothly as possible, Maersk has made the following changes to the upcoming schedule:

These changes have been made to reduce strain on the network and ensure the integrity of the schedule going forward so that customers’ supply chains can continue to operate as efficiently as possible.

Port-to-port bookings in Antwerp will be suspended in line with our contingency measures, at the expense of customers who may require alternative transport to reach their intended final destinations. Bookings with the final destination customer will be delivered to the final destination as scheduled.

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The situation is changing rapidly, but we are doing our best to keep disruption to a minimum and will update you on the latest developments as soon as possible.

Your partnership is very important to us, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local customer experience representative. Thank you for your trust and understanding.”

For more information: maersk.com

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