Lock out at APM Terminals in Gothenburg, Sweden


 Updated 26 June 2017

The overall truck and rail capacity will continue to be limited as a result of the current situation in Sweden.

We are doing all we can do deliver the containers timely but there will be delays, late changes and cancellation from time to time depending on the capacity to and from the various ports.

We are working closely together with the trucking and rail companies to minimise the impact to the largest extent possible.

We will keep you updated once we know more about the Gothenburg situation.


 Updated 13 June 2017

Here is a short update on the current situation in Gothenburg. As part of the ongoing dispute with the dockworkers Trade Union, APMT announced in the middle of May that they would be implementing a partial lock out of the terminal. Effectively, this means that the terminal is currently only working between 07.00hrs – 16.00hrs and has reduced the available moves by roughly 50%.

Seago Line has been working very closely with AMPT to try and mitigate the impact but given the nature of the dispute, we are seeing a wide range of impacts on the business. Cargo, that has traditionally been shipped through Gothenburg, is now being shipped via other ports such as Helsingborg, Gaevle and Norrkoeping. These ports are considerably smaller than Gothenburg and to mitigate this, we are constantly adapting our network to best fit the current operating conditions. You can still book shipments through our regular channels, but confirmation will be subject to space and equipment availability.

At this point, there are no official discussions taking place between APMT and the Trade Union, hence it is unpredictable when Gothenburg will be back to normal conditions.

We will keep you updated once we know more details - and thank you for your understanding.


 Updated 9 June 2017

Gothenburg: It has been confirmed that Mette Maersk / 723E, planned for 13th of June, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for further connection to Sweden. All customers will be notified of exact plan once that is finalised next week.

Helsingborg: We had to omit Helsingborg this week as our vessel was delayed out of Bremerhaven and no berthing window was available in Helsingborg. We have made a recovery plan and import/export cargo will be loaded on next week’s call.

Gävle: The demand from the east coast of Sweden continues to be very strong. In our continuation to serve our customers in the best way possible, we are glad to share that we have deployed an extra-loader this week to load all cargo booked.


 Updated 5 June 2017

APMT terminal in Gothenburg is currently running with limited capacity due to the ongoing labour conflict. This is affecting the inland operation and we are facing space pressure on rail caused by less departures to/from the port. As for trucking, we are unable to guarantee on time delivery of bookings to/from Gothenburg.


 Updated 30 May 2017

According to APMT’s customer advisory sent today, the Swedish National Mediation Institute has called for mediation on Wednesday May 31st. The complete advisory from the terminal can be found in the following link. Until we are informed otherwise, we will continue to execute based on the current restrictions.

The plan for imports on Merete Maersk has been finalised and arrival notices have been sent to all customers today. Please contact our customer service representatives if having any doubts. For containers discharged in Malmo, the return of empty equipment must be done in Gothenburg.


 Updated 29 May 2017

Unfortunately there is no update regarding the conflict and the lockout has been in full effect this week. We will continue to do the outmost to increase the capacity to and from Sweden and this week we had our first import call into Malmo.

Omission: As previously advised, MSC Oscar, planned for 6th of June, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Bremerhaven for further connection to Sweden.

Empty equipment:  We would like to remind all customers that we can only release equipment at the earliest 7 days prior to ETD. This is to ensure that we can cater to all confirmed bookings. Containers picked up before release dates will be requested to be returned at customers' expenses. In case of equipment shortage in a specific depot, customers will be asked to pick up units in different locations.


 Updated 22 May 2017

The lockout in the port of Gothenburg started on Friday May 19 (16:00h) as no agreement was reached between the two parties. We have our first vessel in the terminal today, handled according to the new limitations and operations are going according to plan.

20’Dry: From today, we have opened acceptance of 20’DV export bookings with port of loading in Gothenburg.


 Updated 19 May 2017

There are no news with regards to the status of the conflict between the terminal and the union, hence we expect the lockout to commence today at 16:00h as previously communicated. All our preparations are based on the scenario that the lockout will go ahead.

Omission: It has been confirmed that Merete Maersk / 721E, planned for 30th of May, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for further connection and as a result the cargo will be delayed into Sweden. All customers will be notified of exact plan once that is finalized next week. At this stage we do not have more details to share. Further to that, MSC Oscar, planned for 6th of June, will also omit as the terminal will then be closed due to national holiday.

Congestion: As a consequence of increased density and congestion at Gothenburg port, we have decided to increase our congestion surcharge (CFO/CFD) of USD 100 per teu applicable to all import and export cargo to/from Gothenburg. Please see attached advisory for all details.


 Updated 18 May 2017 - 15:00h

We can now confirm that we have opened acceptance for bookings in and out of Södertälje with a feeder solution via Bremerhaven. This is a result of our constant search for alternative options to alleviate the pressure of Gothenburg. Products will be available in our website tomorrow, Friday May 19.

Demurrage & Detention: Costs that arise as a result of this situation will be invoiced as per our normal process.


 Updated 18 May 2017 - 09:00h

Mary Maersk import: The final plan for Mary Maersk import has now been finalised and information has been shared by customer service focals. Please reach out to us if you need further information about changes in the transport plan.

Mirror lock out APMT: We have not received any further news about the mirror lock out, hence we expect that it will be put in to effect May 19 as announced.

Late gate-in acceptance: Due to the current situation in Gothenburg port, we will not accept any late arrival requests.


 Updated 15 May 2017

Following the announcement that Mary Maersk / 720E will omit Gothenburg (planned for May 21st), we would like to advise that all imports will be discharged in Bremerhaven for further connection to Sweden. The final plan for all containers will be advised to all customers latest by Thursday 18 May. We would like to kindly ask all our customers to return their empty containers as soon as possible, so that we can ensure balanced equipment pools during this period.


 Updated 12 May 2017

We would like to advise that in week 21, our services AE5 (vessel Mary Maersk, 720E) and L35 (vessel Annaba, 1721) will omit Gothenburg. We are currently working on providing alternative solutions and more information will be shared as soon as we have it.


Updated 11 May 2017 

Today, a mirror lockout at APM Terminals in Gothenburg has been announced, effective from 19th of May until 30th of June. During this period APM Terminals will be open from 7am to 4pm on working days and on weekends their standard opening hours will apply. APM Terminals have announced that their services will be limited during this period.

The mirror lock out has been announced as a consequence of the ongoing conflict between Hamnarbetarförbundets Avdelning 4 and APM Terminals. More information can be found on www.apmterminals.com.

We have been impacted by limited capacity at the port of Gothenburg for a longer period of time and after today’s announcement, we have decided to implement highly restricted acceptance of Seago Line export bookings from Gothenburg port. This export booking acceptance restriction for Gothenburg will be effective immediately and remain in place until we have a clear overview of the announced mirror lockout and how it will impact our capacity.

Meanwhile, we are working hard to find alternative solutions to cater to your cargo, and we are investigating all possibilities to increase our capacity from other Swedish ports. We will revert as soon as we have more information to share.

Please reach out to our customer service teams if you have any further concerns: https://www.seagoline.com/offices

Kind regards,
Seago Line

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