The Finnish Transport Workers' Union AKT has declared an illegal handling blockade concerning Finnlines vessels. The blockade is illegal. It began on Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 6.00 and will end on Saturday, 12 March at 06.00. During the blockade, stevedores will not load or discharge cargo on Finnlines vessels in any Finnish ports which causes severe delays.
The stevedores of Finnsteve Oy Ab at the Vuosaari Harbour left their work sites yesterday afternoon. According to the stevedores' representatives the strike will end on Saturday 5 March 2011 at 3.30 pm. Additionally, the Finnsteve layoff negotiations have already earlier led to an overtime ban both in Vuosaari and some other ports. Thus these industrial actions will affect both import and export traffics at least the whole next week.
Because of difficult ice conditions there may be delays in transports over the Baltic Sea. The traffic across Kvarken Strait is also affected by the ice conditions during weeks 9 and 10. For more information please contact the transport planner in charge at Ahola Transport.