TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Further to the Information Letter updating the SPANISH PORTS STEVEDORING CONFLICT due to the EU COMPETITION Ruling and Liberalization mandate, which was circulated on 16th June 2017.
Please find updated “Conflict Status” as follows:
After the approval of the Stevedoring Liberalization Royal Decree by Spanish Parliament on 18th May 2017 and meetings held between the Stevedoring Unions and Stevedoring Companies Association held on 1st, 13th and 16th June 2017.
Regret to inform that negotiations between Dockworkers Unions and Stevedoring Companies Association ANESCO are on hold. Proposals are being made through ANESCO, simultaneously, some direct individually Stevedoring Companies, which have already reached “Provisional” agreements at several Spanish Ports.
Meantime, Stevedoring Unions reiterated the validity of the announced Strikes at all affected Spanish ports within the following periods:
ANESCO has proposed a «Negotiation Calendar» starting on the 21st June until 6th October 2017.
Meanwhile, MINIMUM SERVICES have been decreed by the Government, to cover: Perishable goods, passenger services between islands and North African provinces.
Negotiation parties positions drawing closer to a final conclusion, but still, some more time required for the Full-Final Agreement.
UECC SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED/ADJUSTED ENABLING VESSELS TO KEEP THEIR REGULAR TRADING PATTERNS, AIMING MINIMUM TIMING ALTERATIONS, AS CONFLICT CONGESTIONS AND DELAYS WILL PERMIT.
UECC is proactively keeping close touch with Customers, Port Operators, Port Authorities and all required parties to mitigate and minimize the impact, as far as, challenging conditions will permit, always adapting vessel’s schedule to avoid delays and cargo back-loads accumulation.
Please rest assured, that you would be punctually posted of any mutually required corrective and preventive actions, and hopefully the positive development of undergoing negotiations.
Helen Bjerke Olafsen
Head of Trade & Operation