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Port of Montreal - Labour Update

Dear Customer,

 

Please note that over the weekend Bill C-29, An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal, received royal assent.

 

In response, port operations in Montreal resumed as of Sunday, May 02 @ 7:00am.

 

First vessels are expected to call today.

 

We are working to update scheduling of all affected containers and will be providing further information as it becomes available.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Port of Montreal - Update

Dear Customer,

 

The House of Commons has approved Bill C-29 “An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal”.

 

The Bill was passed by a vote of 255-61.

 

It must still be passed by the Senate, which is schedule to address the Bill in their sitting on Friday.

 

We will continue to provide updates with respect to this process as they come available.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Port of Montreal - Update

Dear Customer,

 

Yesterday, pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Ms. Tassi (Minister of Labour), seconded by Ms. McKenna (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), Bill C-29, An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.

 

The House of Commons will resume debate of Bill C-29 "An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal” this afternoon.

 

We will continue to provide updates with respect to this process as they come available.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Port of Montreal - Update

Dear Customer,

 

On Sunday, April 25, the Minister of Labour gave notice that the government will be introducing back to work legislation to end the strike at the Port of Montreal. It is expected this piece of legislation will be introduced Tuesday. You can view the text here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-2/house/sitting-88A/order-notice/page-8

The Bill is entitled "An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal.” 
Consistent with back to work legislation, the Government will be limiting debate in the House of Commons.

 

We do not know at this time how the bill will be received by all political parties but will provide updates as we receive them.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

Please find an update received from the Globe and Mail.

 

More than 1,000 dockworkers at the Port of Montreal are scheduled to go on strike this morning – a move that the port authority says will mean a total shutdown of all port operations.

 

The dockworker’s union, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the Maritime Employers Association doesn’t want to negotiate and is pursuing a policy of provocation that includes changes to work schedules.

 

The association, in turn, has said it’s disappointed with the union’s decision and is now reviewing its options.

 

Federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi said Sunday that the government has filed notice that it will table back-to-work legislation in the coming days if an agreement is not reached.

 

Tassi said the government would prefer not to intervene but may have no choice given what she called the significant and potentially long-lasting harm to Canada’s economy caused by the work stoppage.

 

The workers, who have been without a contract since December 2018, have been on an overtime strike since April 17 and have refused to work weekends since April 18.

 

Several employers groups have raised concerns about the impact of the strike on business.


We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

 

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Dear Customer,

 

Further to our previous advisory, the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has advised that the Longshoremen’s Union has provided a 72-hour notice of general strike commencing Monday, April 26th at 07:00am. All members of the Local 375 will be on an unlimited general strike.

 

As we await further advisory on the status of continued negotiations it is expected that in the interim, both CN / CP will cease export receiving stranding any outgated containers.

 

It is also expected that in response to the strike notice, the vessel operators will work to omit their calls at Montreal and divert / delay vessels leaving containers on rail / on dock to dwell for the duration of the strike.

 

We will not be in a position to access containers in the pipeline.

 

We are being advised by the vessel lines that all accumulation of detention / storage against containers held up due to the strike will be billable.

 

Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to quantify or valuate the expected costs.  Lines will be looking to pass along all associated expenses.

 

While we are doing our utmost to reduce the impact of these challenges to your business, our efforts continue to be impacted by factors beyond our control.  Additional expenses appliable that cannot be avoided will in turn be charged to the account of the cargo.

 

We will continue to be diligent in our communication of such charges and will continue to endeavor to provide market updates as they are announced to the industry.

 

Our Hensall Global team is here to support our customers and are available to answer any questions that you may have.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

Please find an update received from the CMA CGM:

 

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has advised that the Longshoremen’s Union has provided a 72 hour notice of general strike commencing Monday, April 26th at 07:00am. All members of the Local 375 will be on an unlimited general strike.

 

We will strive to keep you updated on a regular basis through our advisories on this evolving situation.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Client,

 

Please find below an advisory received from CP:

 

Due to the situation at Port of Montreal with no weekend work coverage, CP will take the below steps effective the dates / times seen below to ensure traffic moving is aligned with Port of Montreal’s work schedule:

  • Effective 00:01 EST Thursday / 15 April, until 06:59 EST Sunday, 18 April, Vaughan Terminal will not be accepting any traffic for all 3 destinations for the Port of Montreal – this includes loaded exports and pregate billed empties.

  • Ocean Carrier’s can start in-gating effective 07:00 Sunday, 18 April, with:

    • Racine – only loaded exports, no pregate billed empties will be permitted. Will reassess on Monday if pregate billed empties can start ingating.

    • Viau – only loaded exports, no pregate billed empties will be permitted. Will reassess on Monday if pregate billed empties can start ingating.

    • Cast – both loaded exports and pregate billed empties accepted.

We are working to confirm if similar application will be applied across the network at other inland receiving locations.

 

Will update further as new information is received.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

Please find update from CTV News:

 

“MONTREAL -- The union representing the Port of Montreal's longshoremen announced on Sunday that it has sent a notice to call a partial strike.

 

In a statement, the union said it would give more details during a press conference on Monday.

 

Union officials said the notice was a reaction to an announcement by the Association of Maritime Employers (AEM) that it would “suspend certain pay conditions on Tuesday.”

 

Labour relations have been strained in the port. In March, a mass of union members rejected an offer from the AEM after months of negotiations towards renewing the collective agreement.

 

At the time, the union did not plan to send out a strike notice, which is a necessary step towards triggering a work stoppage.

 

The rejection of the offer followed the ending of a seven-month truce between the two parties after longshoremen walked out for 10 days in August, 2020.

 

In March, a group of business people said they feared another strike in the port would “seriously damage the economic recovery.”

 

To elaborate on the above, the Port of Montreal experienced a significant 11% volume decline in March, caused by uncertainty and anxiety generated by the labour relations situation.

 

The MEA exercised its right and gave 72 hours' notice to the executive committee of the longshoremen's union before withdrawing the income guarantee and stopping paying unpaid hours to compensate for the adverse effects of such a drop in volume.

 

In response, members of Local 375 have advised that they will not work weekend shifts or overtime on weekdays starting Saturday, April 17 at 7 a.m.

 

Starting Saturday April 17, no linesmen will work on the weekend between Saturday 8:00 a.m. and Monday 7:59 a.m.

 

Starting April 17, no employees will work on weekend shifts between Saturday 7:00 a.m. and Monday 5:59 a.m.

 

CN Rail has already begun restricting provision of CN RV’s for POM export cargo in response to the continued threat of strike activity.

 

We are awaiting update from CP.

 

It is expected that shipments will be impacted.

 

This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to provide updates as new information is received.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

 

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Vessel blockage in the Suez Canal

Dear Customer,

 

As you will have undoubtably heard in the news, a container ship (the Ever Given) operated by Evergreen Marine ran aground and became lodged sideways across the waterway due to strong winds and sandstorms early Tuesday March 23.  

 

While efforts continue to dislodge the vessel, we are receiving word this morning that good progress was made overnight.

 

After several days of dredging and excavation, we are being advised that the vessel has been refloated.

 

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) site is further advising that maneuvers are set to be resumed during high tide at 11:30 am.  It is expecting to achieve full restoration of the vessel’s direction, so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway.

The SCA has reassured the international community that navigation of the canal shall be resumed immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction.

 

However, even when the canal gets reopened, the ripple effects on global capacity and equipment are significant and the blockage has already triggered a series of further disruptions and backlogs in global shipping that could take weeks, possibly months, to unravel. 

 

Reports received this weekend indicated that hundreds of ships are now caught up in the traffic snarl in both directions.

 

We are closely following the refloating efforts and will advise as soon as we have further information available.

 

In the interim, we are working with our partners for provision of a listing of affected booking.

 

Reporting on the same will be provided in due course once further information is secured from the lines. 

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

 

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