Container lines will continue to call at Auckland

Despite the bravado of MUNZ union boss Garry Parsloe in saying that not a single ship would be unloaded at Ports of Auckland during their strike the union of the shipping companies, The International Container Lines Committee, has said that they will continue to put ships into Auckland:

Container lines will continue to call at Auckland

Shipping lines have reaffirmed their commitment to Auckland, despite the ongoing strike action currently underway at the port’s container terminals.

International Container Lines Committee Chair Julian Bevis said member lines had met earlier this week to discuss the continuing dispute between Ports of Auckland and the local branch of the Maritime Union. The meeting followed reports that ships calling at Auckland may be subjected to industrial action elsewhere.

Mr Bevis said as long as the port company could assure lines that ships calling at Auckland would be worked, and functional receipt and delivery services for containers would be maintained, the lines would endeavour to continue calling at the port.

“Our members’ contracts are with the port company and, wherever possible, we will stick to those contracts,” Mr Bevis said.

“Shipping companies go where the cargo is. Auckland is an important node in New Zealand’s freight network, and we intend to continue to service customers wanting to put cargo through Auckland,” Mr Bevis said.

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