Strike in key UK port to add pressure on supply chains

If dock workers in major UK port Felixstowe carry out their heralded strike on Aug. 21, it may result in carriers sending their ships toward ports with shorter waiting times instead, according to analyst.

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Port workers in British port Felixstowe are planning to strike for eight days from Aug. 21-29, and this is bound to increase pressure on the already strained supply chains for carriers.

Such is the assessment by Vivek Srivastava, senior trade flow analyst at VesselsValue, in an update after port workers this week rejected an offer from terminal owner Hutchison Ports regarding a bonus of GBP 500 to call off the strike.

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