The port of Sydney temporarily loses one of its most important clients. Maersk has, in fact, decided to suspend, until October 1st, bookings for the Australian port of call from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
The countermeasure was taken due to the disruptions that the Danish company had to face following the proclamation of a series of strikes that the Maritime Union of Australia has called against the terminal operator DP World and its decision to review its working organization, restructuring the number of crews and downtimes.
Towards the end of last week, in fact, 60 dock workers practically brought operations to a halt at Port Botany terminal, where Dp World operates, causing major disruptions. The Danish company had to divert the Rio de Janeiro containership from Sydney to Melbourne. Eight other vessels were also diverted to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle.
This is just the latest round of a long dispute that is affecting port productivity. For this reason, and to protect its clients, Maersk has taken this decision: “We expect to reopen booking acceptance for Sydney from October 1st, but we will continue to monitor the situation,” a note from the shipping company says.
Meanwhile, Dp World has made it known that it has turned to the Fair Work Commission to end the strike.
Translation by Giles Foster