Notice from Hapag-Lloyd:
Cargo from the diverted vessels that discharged in Halifax due to the Montreal port strike is currently experiencing excessive dwell times, and the lack of sufficient railcars at Halifax to cope with the additional volumes continues.
Consequently, arrangements have been made to divert a vessel to Halifax to evacuate the delayed cargo and take it to Montreal for furtherance inland.
The MV Glasgow Express 01E38 assigned to the Mediterranean Canada Service (MCA) will perform this transshipment leg.
The vessel will call Montreal first and discharge her regular imports. She will then sail back to Halifax to collect the diverted cargo, return to Montreal to discharge and then load regular exports.
Expected dates are as follows:
· Arrive Montreal October 6 – Regular import discharge
· Sail October 8 pm – Halifax bound
· Arrive Halifax October 12 am – Load stranded imports
· Sail October 13 pm – Montreal bound
· Arrive October 16 am – Discharge stranded imports / load regular exports
· Sail October 20/21
Customers will receive new arrival notices on October 9 for the affected cargo.
In Saint John, the situation is much improved and fluidity is improving. It is expected that all diverted Import cargo will be cleared by next week.