June 23, 2022
Port workers in Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Brake, Wihelmshaven, and Hamburg were called upon to participate in strike action this Thursday in Germany as wage negotiations failed to reach a resolution on Tuesday.
The warning strike in Hamburg is accompanied by a demonstration in the city center.
Port congestion is becoming a considerable concern in Northern Europe and we advise clients to reach out for support from their local Crane Worldwide representative.
UPDATE 15th June, 2022.
Negotiations between German port employers and dockworkers trade union ver.di ended without a result on Saturday after 10 hours.
The union described a revised offer from the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) as “inadequate”. A new date for further negotiations needs to be found. Shipping lines now fear that there will be more calls by the union for “warning strikes “ in the next couple of days which will put even more pressure on the stressed situation.
Vessels still continue to pile up in front of the german ports increasing to some 60 vessels waiting to berth. A significant amount of containers are now already en route to Europe from Asia which will further exacerbate the current situation.
Rotterdam and Antwerp are also already heavily congested and have already declined to take any transshipment cargo for German ports if the conflict in the German ports further escalates.
Yard occupancy in all major European ports has reached a level above 90%.
If you need support at this time, please don't hesitate to contact your Crane Worldwide Logistics representative to discuss options here
UPDATE - 10th June, 2022
Strikes to proceed in German ports due to a Union strike. As per coverage in the German press today, 150,000 containers are already waiting to be shipped at German ports and the strike will further exacerbate the situation.
A demand for increased pay is at the heart of the strike, with an increase in hourly rate and inflation compensation requested by the Union.
In Hamburg port alone, approximately 5,000 workers could go on strike according to an article published today in Bild.
We expect major delays in loading and unloading of vessels in the coming days. Please contact your local Crane Worldwide representative should you need assistance. Our global directory of offices is available here
Due to the Zero Covid policy in China and the lockdown over the past few months, as Crane Worldwide Logistics has covered in recent weeks in Industry Insight, disruption in Shanghai continues.
In addition, due to the conflict in Ukraine, the China to Europe rail freight service is problematic. Alternative routing has been provided via the Middle Corridor, further information here.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Crane Worldwide team for support at this time.
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