18 February 2021
Please be informed that the Panhellenic Crew Union of Towage & Salvage decided to launch a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus in Greece as from Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 00:01 hours until Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 24:00 hours local time.
Consequently, towage service will be unavailable during the strike hours, which will affect the vessels' maneuvering ability inside the port.
Vessels arriving at Piraeus port from February 22nd, 2021 and on are expected to face berthing delays and heavy congestion is anticipated at the terminal after the end of the strike.
At the moment and until the end of the running week, it is, unfortunately, difficult to predict which will be the extent of the strike's effects in terms of the congestion and the increased waiting time to be created for the vessels expected to arrive at Piraeus port between February, 21st and 26th, 2021.
The yard utilization remains at high levels and the scheduled vessels' operations will also be prioritized accordingly.
We regret these unusual circumstances, actually beyond our control, and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!
We will keep you informed on further developments in due course.
Hapag-Lloyd press release