ARPIN INTERNATIONAL GROUP
The strike continues at Port of Felixstowe, UK. As we previously reported in our article, for the first time in 30 years, dock workers at the UK’S largest container port, Felixstowe, voted to strike.
Yesterday, August 21, about 1,900 members of Unite, including crane drivers, machine operators, and stevedores, rejected a 7% pay offer increase from the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, which they said was below the inflation rate.
A spokesperson for Unite warns that the strike could continue through August 28 if not settled before. Consequently, we anticipate the supply chain being “severely disrupted.” Although other UK Ports are currently operating normally, a ripple effect will likely occur from the backlog impacting service at other UK container ports.
The Port of Felixstowe, a vital hub for container shipping, stands as Britain’s largest and busiest, ranking among the biggest in Europe. Managing over 4 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) annually, the port receives around 2,000 ships, including the largest container vessels currently afloat. Notably, the port has some of the deepest waters near the open sea among European ports. Seventeen shipping lines operate from Felixstowe, facilitating 33 services connecting to over 700 global ports.
Felixstowe’s strategic importance cannot be underestimated. Its rail and road links seamlessly connect the port to distribution hubs in the Midlands and across the UK. Because of this, a strike at the Port of Felixstowe will have a knock-on effect on the uninterrupted flow of UK trade.
Your Arpin Service team is aware of all shipments that may be impacted and will ensure appropriate parties are kept informed of any potential service disruption. Please do not hesitate to contact the UK service team for advice and guidance on alternative ports to route into or with questions regarding additional charges that may be incurred due to the current situation.