Information for customers of APM Terminals Gothenburg

G-Solutions would like to inform all those concerned by passing on the following news- and update article received from APM Terminals Gothenburg.
FROM APM TERMINALS

“We are writing to you to inform you about the latest development in the port of Gothenburg. There has been a lot written and spoken in the media the past few weeks and some of the infomation has been incorrect or questioned.

Meeting with SDU the 22nd of February.

Last week (week 08) the SDU cancelled their notice of strikes for this week and the overtime blockade, together with IDC and to sit down with APM Terminals for a meeting. The meeting did unfortunately not mean that SDA had changed their demands and as we have explained before, they (demands) are (impossible to meet) from labor laws perspective since they collide with the CBA as do all ports in Sweden which have the Swedish Transport Workers´union.

A verdict from the Swedish Labor Arbitration Court in January regarding another Swedish port with a CBA with SDU led to heavy fines and the agreement was invalidated. That SDU offers 3 months of peace if we disregard existing laws is not an option. A long term solution of the conflict will only be achieved by sitting down with the mediation institute and all stakeholders to implement a solution which is in full compliance with Swedish Law.

The capacity of the port after blockades have been lifted.

That SDU has lifted their blockade unfortunately doesn’t however mean that we are back to full capacity yet. To be able to deliver full service to our customers we need access to substitutes and even some overtime work. Since the CBA from 1974 demands that all overtime work is voluntary and with the continuously changing demands this has made the existing extra resources somewhat in-effective. On top of that we have an increase in absence from work, up to 25- 35 % in some parts of the terminal. More notices of strikes and blockades are to be expected.

Misleading facts in the media

There have been some incorrect claims in the Swedish media. For instance Liberal leader Jan Björklund claimed that the APMT has 30 % of normal capacity due to the strikes and blockades. The right number is 70 % during a blockade. He also claimed in the same opinion piece that the average salary of a dockworker at APMT is 49 527 SEK / month and quite a lot of voices were raised claiming that was wrong. We can confirm that number mentioned was the average salary for 2015 with all salary increments included.

APM Terminals has been actively participating in the urgent mediation to resolve the current labor disturbances at the Port of Gothenburg. Our goal is a long-term agreement that prevents further economic disruptions to Swedish industries and communities caused by port slow-downs and closures. We remain committed to the success of the mediation process, and to working with all stakeholders to implement a solution which is in full compliance with Swedish Law.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.”

APM Terminals Gothenburg.

Strike Action – Port of Gothenburg

A new strike in the Port of Gothenburg during week 8 was announced on Friday 10th February. The announcement includes the following periods;

Tuesday 21st February 2017 – 13:00hrs to 17:00hrs

Tuesday 21st February 2017 – 22:00hrs to Wednesday 22nd February 02:00hrs

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 12:00hrs to 20:00hrs

Some ocean carriers have announced that their vessels will omit Gothenburg due to the announced strike.

Carriers that will call the port of Gothenburg for loading or unloading containers at APM terminal could be affected.

This new round of industrial action adds to the current and past issues endured at APM terminals over recent months. Persistent performance problems and delays are also due to many factors including earlier industrial action.

Some Ocean Carriers are forced to implement booking limitations or even complete booking stops temporarily.

APM Terminals informs on their website that export cargo can be delivered to Gothenburg port two days prior to departure, still maintaining current closing times and all carriers request that this is adhered to.

With any enquiries regarding container shipments that could be affected by this industrial action clients are advised to contact their appointed service suppliers.

Record numbers of Swedes moving abroad!

G-Solutions – International Removals department is busier than ever. This may be due in part to a national trend.

More and more Swedes are leaving Sweden to move to other countries. Many are immigrants who move home, but a new trend is retired people moving to the warm weather. SVT’s (Swedish Television Channel) survey shows that more countries’ immigration of Swedes is at an all-time high. Emigration is now so great that the old records from the late 1800s have been broken. At that time about 50,000 Swedes emmigrated annually – mostly to the United States. In 2015 there were approximately 56,000 Swedes who moved out of the country.

It has become easier to move and gain help with legal and practical issues. Travelling to many places has become cheaper and easier which is important for those who want to visit Sweden and who want to be visited by relatives. The Pensions Agency in Sweden paid out, in 2016, pensions to 151 900 Swedes living abroad, a historical record. This concerns people who have moved recently or who moved a long time ago.

The sharpest increase in payments applies to many countries with warmer climates such as Malta, Thailand and Portugal.

For any International Removals enquiries: removals@gsolutions.se

 

Flota Suardiaz now calling Tangiers!

As the Nordic agency for the Spanish RoRo Carrier Flota Suardiaz, G-Solutions is happy to announce that Flota Suardiaz is now calling the port of Tangiers, Morocco – currently on a weekly basis (from Zeebrugge).

This new calling is serviced by most of the vessels covering the N. Europé -> N. Africa Line.

Callings on-route include; Zeebrugge, Santander, Vigo, Casablanca, The Canary Islands and Mostaganem.

With a current daily roro-feeder service from Gothenburg to Zeebrugge, G-Solutions offers a competitive RoRo package to Iberia, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Flota Suardiaz RoRo vessels are equiped to carry all types of rolling cargoes; self-drivables, high and heavy machinery, MAFI/Roll Trailer suitable cargo, cars, trucks and deck-suitable smaller statics.

For further information please don’t hesitate to contact:

roro@gsolutions.se

or call: +46 31 10 73 64/65