Montreal longshore workers have planned a 40-hour strike at two marine terminals starting Thursday afternoon. As stated in the JOC yesterday, “The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) on Tuesday said it had received a 72-hour strike notice from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 375 informing them of the pending job action beginning 3 p.m. Thursday and lasting until 7 p.m. Saturday. The strike will target the Racine and Cast terminals operated by the Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP) facilities.” The MEA issued a statement saying they want to focus on a new contract; the existing contract expired on December 31, 2018.
The Gateway marine terminals are served by CMA, Cosco/OOCL, Hapag Lloyd, and Maersk. At this point, the strike notice does not include the port’s third container terminal, Termont, which is utilized by MSC.
Deringer will continue to monitor the Montreal longshore strike. Customers with questions regarding a specific shipment should call the Deringer service center managing their account.