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Montreal dock strike hit for Prince Rupert, Vancouver delays

BENEFICIAL cargo owners (BCO) shipping through Vancouver and Prince Rupert are to expect delays and congestion into mid-September, reports IHS Media

07 September 2020 - 05:24

BENEFICIAL cargo owners (BCO) shipping through Vancouver and Prince Rupert are to expect delays and congestion into mid-September, reports IHS Media.

Japanese-owned, Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) has confirmed that vessels in THE Alliance's PN4 services to the Canadian gateways that were scheduled to arrive last week and this week have been pushed back eight days to two weeks.



Schedule disruptions are also taking place on the PN3 and PN1 services, according to the ONE customer advisory.



Because some Pacific Northwest services include calls at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle-Tacoma (NWSA), those ports will be caught up in the delays in Canada, but the US gateway is not experiencing congestion, an NWSA spokeswoman said.



The rail problems in Canada are tied to month-long dock strikes in Montreal that created a backlog of containers in Montreal and Halifax and tied up rail cars in eastern Canada.



The Canadian National Railway's ability to reposition intermodal rail cars to Canada's Pacific Northwest ports was compromised, said CN president and CEO JJ Ruest.



The Hyundai Brave, scheduled to call at Prince Rupert on August 24, will now arrive on September 2, according to the ONE customer advisory. That pushes back the call in Vancouver from August 31 to September 14. The Hyundai Tokyo, scheduled to arrive on September 8, has been delayed until September 21.



A spokesman for HMM said that vessel departures from Asia have been set back by severe weather in Busan, South Korea. The voyages are being further delayed by congestion in Prince Rupert. Additional delays are expected in Vancouver in the coming weeks due to terminal congestion caused by the rail backup, he said.


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