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Pilot Walkout Causes Chaos In Antwerp

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Containership Chaos at Port of Antwerp after Pilots Stage a Walkout 2018-09-20

Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union.
 
The strike commenced at 7 pm on Monday. Sources said on Tuesday that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
 
Due to the backlog, the source said, there is now an "acute” lack of pilots to handle vessels waiting to berth.
 
In response, ultra-large container vessels reportedly did not wait, the lines opting to divert their vessels to Rotterdam, before rerouting boxes on barges back to Antwerp by inland waterways.
 
The port’s warning of a further strike may now be outdated: The Loadstar understands that action planned for Friday has been called off.
 
“If you have one day of delays, it always takes at least two more to clear,” said another source.
 
Read more in an article from The Loadstar.
 

Source: CIFFA

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