31.05 - Update on the status of Spanish Sports Stevedoring Conflict due to the EU Competition Ruling and Liberalization mandate

Oslo, Norway - 31.05.2017


Further to the Information Letter updating the SPANISH PORTS STEVEDORING CONFLICT due to the EU COMPETITION Ruling and Liberalization mandate (which was circulated on 22nd May 2017), please find updated “Conflict Status” as follows:

After the approval of the Stevedoring Liberalization Royal Decree by Spanish Parliament on 18th May 2017. 

The Longshoremen-Stevedoring Unions initially announced Strike at all Spanish ports within the following periods:

  • Strike to be applicable on odd hours only.
  • Affected dates: 24th, 26th, 29th,31st May and 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th June.

On 22nd May, meetings took place between Stevedoring Unions and Stevedoring Companies Association ANAVE.

As a goodwill spirit of sensible negotiations, the Stevedoring Unions granted more negotiation time by cancelling the initial strike days and postponing the strike starting date.

The strike dates are now as follows: 

- Strike to be applicable on odd hours only.

- Affected dates: 5th, 7th and 9th June.

The next negotiation meeting is due to take place on 1st June. Goodwill negotiation spirit prevails, and all stakeholders are hopeful that strike will be cancelled, paving the way for a satisfactory agreement for all parties.

UECC is proactively keeping close touch with Customers, Port Operators, Port Authorities and all required parties to mitigate and minimise the impact, as far as, challenging conditions will permit, always adapting vessel’s schedule to avoid delays and cargo back-loads accumulation.

Please rest assured that you would be punctually informed of any mutually required corrective and preventive actions, and hopefully the positive development of undergoing negotiations.


Yours Sincerely,

Helen Bjerke Olafsen

Head of Trade & Operation