Dockworkers’ Strike To Shut 34 Vessels Out Of Lagos Ports
Dockworkers’ Strike To Shut 34 Vessels Out Of Lagos Ports – About 34 vessels expected at seaports across the country, particularly in Lagos, may be impeded by dockworkers’ strike.
This was contained in the Shipping Position issued yesterday by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). It revealed that many of the vessels are conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, Automated Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel, and general cargo goods, as well as sugar and wheat.
The vessels, slated to arrive Lagos pilotage district from today to the end of the month might be in jeopardy, as dockworkers have endorsed the strike and are ready to shut the ports from business activities.
However, four vessels that are waiting to be berthed and eight motor tankers that have already arrived the ports might be affected by the industrial action. The motor tankers are all laden with petroleum products while the vessels have wheat and fertilizer.
The strike will involve all affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and United Labour Congress (ULC), including the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), of which the dockworkers and all other shipping companies are members.
Importers and clearing agents are expected to suffer losses from the strike, as the closure of port activities comes with heavy storage charges. The industrial action will also worsen cargo congestion in the ports, which has not abated after the last strike in October.