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Dockworkers’ strike to impede 34 vessels in Lagos

About 34 vessels expected at seaports across the country, particularly in Lagos, may be impeded by dockworkers’ strike. This was contained in the Shipping Position issued on Nov. 5 by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

It revealed that many of the vessels are conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, Automated Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel, and general cargo goods, as well as sugar and wheat.

The vessels, slated to arrive Lagos pilotage district from Nov. 6 to the end of the month might be in jeopardy, as dockworkers have endorsed the strike and are ready to shut the ports from business activities. However, four vessels that are waiting to be berthed and eight motor tankers that have already arrived the ports might be affected by the industrial action.

The motor tankers are all laden with petroleum products while the vessels have wheat and fertiliser. The strike will involve all affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and United Labour Congress (ULC), including the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), of which the dockworkers and all other shipping companies are members.

Read more on The Guardian.

 

Source: The Guardian
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