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Customer Notice: RMTU Strike Continues at Lyttelton Port

Published: Tue 13 Mar 2018 05:45 PM
CUSTOMER NOTICE
13 March 2018
RMTU STRIKE CONTINUES AT LYTTELTON PORT
There is no change in the industrial action situation at Lyttelton Port.
The Port remains closed to shipping because of the strike by Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU) members. RMTU strike notices remain in place through to 25 March inclusive.
Our Port’s operational capability for tomorrow remains unchanged.
We have made a generous salary increase offer to RMTU members - a workforce which is already well paid. We want to resolve the dispute but we cannot accept the Union’s unreasonable salary increase demands.
We appreciate your continuing patience during this difficult time. If you have any questions regarding the industrial action place discuss them with you usual LPC contact.
Operations during Strike Period
Berthing Vessels
LPC will be unable to berth any vessels during the strike period.  This includes Container, Coal, Bulk, Tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance.
LCT Operations
The Container Terminal will not be stevedoring any container vessels or coal vessels during the strike period.
The Container Terminal and Empty Container Yard (ECY) will be open for Receival and Delivery of cargo between the hours of 0700 and 1500 Monday – Saturday.
No services will be available on Sunday.
We will be able to continue Reefer Power and Monitoring services at the Terminal.
Train capacity between KiwiRail CT and LCT will be limited to one train per day.  Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.
Exports
We will continue to receive cargo with a valid booking number for vessels scheduled to call at Lyttelton.  However shippers should consult directly with their shipping lines to determine what contingency plans are in place for export cargo prior to bringing cargo into the Port.
Where port omissions are likely and customers have the ability to hold cargo at their facilities, or at alternate facilities, we would appreciate these options being considered to assist with potential capacity issues at the Port which could result from cargo build up.
Due to the fluid nature of this situation we will continue to monitor our approach to receiving export cargo and keep you updated.
CityDepot and MidlandPort
Neither CityDepot nor MidlandPort will be affected by the strikes. For those customers that use these facilities for full cargo, we are monitoring yard and rail capacity closely and will liaise with you if we start seeing a build up of cargo. If vessel calls are uncertain, we would ask that cargo is held on site where possible. Train capacity between MidlandPort and LCT will be limited to one train service.

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