Impending Montreal Port Strike


Dear Ocean clients regarding an impending strike action by Longshoremen at the Port of Montreal, the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has received 72 hours’ advance notice from the Longshoremen Union on Saturday, April 10th announcing the following Partial Strike action:

  • Starting Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm, employees will do no overtime / extension hours.
  • Starting Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm, employees will not participate in any training activities.
  • Starting Saturday, April 17, no linesmen will work on the weekend between Saturday 8:00 am and Monday 7:59 am.
  • Starting Saturday, April 17, no employees will work on weekend shifts between Saturday 7:00 am and Monday 5:59 am.

This Partial work stoppage will quickly result in significant port congestion impacting the Port’s fluidity of the logistics chain. This is expected to affect all traffic moving through the Port.

At this moment, no carrier has announced any Vessel Diversion Action!

Mediation meetings have taken place on Monday and Tuesday with Federal Government representatives present; however, no announcements have yet been made.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and hope that the stevedores’ employer, the Maritime Employees Association, and the Union will be able to reach an agreement quickly. However, please be prepared to experience some delays in availability of your Import Cargo arriving at Montreal and for your Export Cargo departing from Montreal. Cost Recovery measures may be necessary to cover any/all additional charges resulting from the congestion and increased dwell times at the Port. Diversion fees may also apply in the near future (if/when carriers begin to divert Vessels).

We will continue to keep you informed of any developments as needed.

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