7 September 2022
Freight News

European Ports Feel the Strain After Felixstowe Strike

An eight-day strike at Felixstowe, the UK’s main container port, has come to an end, but the impact will continue to be felt in the coming months and further action could be on its way.

Supply chain risk company Everstream Analytics said carriers avoided Felixstowe during the strike, with ship calls dropping by 82% from 29 in the week of August 15 to just five in the following strike week.

“The large-scale vessel diversions have led to higher congestion levels, especially at German ports that have battled labour actions on their own in the last few weeks,” said Everstream.

Waiting times at Hamburg hit a peak for the year of 42 hours last week and at Bremerhaven, 18 vessels per day waited at anchor to berth, another 2022 high and around 63% above the annual average.

The strike at Felixstowe has ended, but the underlying issue of pay is yet to be resolved.

“The ball is now firmly back in Felixstowe’s court. The employer has the opportunity to make a greatly improved offer which will end this dispute. If the employer declines this opportunity, then further strike action is expected to be announced in the coming weeks,” said a spokesperson for Unite the union.

Read more in an article from Seatrade Maritime News.

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