Blank sailings on the rise at Canadian ports as carriers fret over rail strike

12 Jun Blank sailings on the rise at Canadian ports as carriers fret over rail strike

As uncertainty hangs over Canada’s rail system being shut down by a strike, shipping lines on the transpacific trade have begun to cancel calls to the country’s main pacific gateways, Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

“Anticipation of a strike keeps carriers on their toes, with some already taking significant action to omit, blank or swap calls into Vancouver in June and beyond,” an eeSea trade update said.

“There are 14 port swaps and diversions away from Canada into U.S. gateway ports confirmed from week 24 onward, as well as three completed since mid-May,” it added.

Read more in an article from The Loadstar.