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Port of Bilbao Strikes – Update

Following from our previous updates regarding the situation in Bilbao and the disruption it is causing at the Port, we have just been informed, despite extensive negotiations over the last week between the Dockers Union and the Terminal Operators, that a further extension to the current strike period will be enacted. The Strike will now continue until the 09/12/2020. Shipping Lines continue to operate from the port, however the extension in the Strike will mean…

England returning to lockdown & shipping.

The UK government announced on Saturday evening that England is to re-enter a “full” lockdown, not dissimilar to the first one the country entered at the beginning of the year, following a rise in Covid-19 cases. This is no doubt going to raise questions for yourself on what impact it has on your shipments, and although we are awaiting more information on exactly what wider effects this is going to have, we have a fair…

Earthquake disrupts Izmir

A tragic earthquake in the Aegean has hit Izmir, Turkey. The earthquake, which toppled over 20 buildings and claimed 4 lives so far, is likely to cause disruptions at the port. As the country deals with the disaster, we advise that any shipments coming out of the region to expect delays. As the outward effects of the situation reveal themselves, we will advise accordingly. If any shipments through Banks & Lloyd become affected, your account…

Continuing strikes in Bilbao, strikes to start in Valencia and France on lockdown

Bilbao Following from our previous messages, the Stevedoring Unions in Bilbao have called for further industrial strikes, set to take place from 09/11/2020 08:00 am and continue until and including 09/12/2020 08:00. We remain to keep a keen eye on the situation, and as it develops, we will inform and advise accordingly. Valencia In other strike related news, Diario del Puerto reports that Valencia Port strikes are set to take place. They are to take…

Shipping Line to avoid UK Ports

Evergreen, a major Taiwanese shipping line, has decided to stop accepting bookings into UK ports with immediate effect. This is due to various factors, namely the severity of UK port congestions and a serious shortage of equipment in Asia. This decision will be in place until the situation has seen considerable improvements and is brought under control. For now, at least, this will be in place until the end of November when further announcements will…