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Maersk to omit calls at strike hit Felixstowe port

Photo: Wikipedia Commons - John Fielding Aerial_view_of_the_Port_of_Felixstowe
Maersk is omitting three calls at the Port of Felixstowe, UK, next week due to strike action.

The UK’s largest port is set to grind to a halt from 21 – 29 August as port workers go on strike over pay.

The Danish shipping line said in a customer advisory said that in the coming week three services – AE6 on Asia – Europe, LO2 – a North European feeder, and the SLC service.

In the case of the AE6 service the MSC Sveva will discharge cargo bound for Felixstowe in Le Havre with connection to the Maersk Evelyn with ETA in Felixstowe of 29 August. For the LO2 service all cargo will be discharged at London Gateway, and for the SLC service cargo from the Cosco Vietnam will be discharged in Antwerp for connection on the Vega Maersk with ETA in Felixstowe of 30 August.

Maersk has advanced or delayed the arrival of a number of service before or after the strike action.

In late July 92% of some 1,900 Unite Union members voted for strike action over Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company offering a 5% pay increase to its workers.

Further talks between unions and the Hutchison Ports run company have failed to find agreement with port workers now expected to walk out from 21 August.

The strike at the UK’s largest container gateway will impact an estimated $800m in trade according to figures from Russell Group