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Port of Lyttelton Strike Update

Further to our notice earlier this week the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU) has withdrawn its notice of an overtime ban (from 3 to 25 March) at Lyttelton Port.

Therefore Lyttelton Port will run normal operations this weekend including truck deliveries and receivals.

However, RMTU strike notices remain in place for a full withdrawal of labour on 8-14 March.
The Laust Maersk Voy 823N has an ETA into Lyttelton is 9 March.  In the event that the planned strike goes ahead Maersk have advised that the vessel will omit Lyttelton with the following changes.  Marersk have advised they will confirm these arrangements by Friday 2 March.
  • Cargo will be discharged in Tauranga and will continue south on the next available vessel that calls Lyttelton; and 
  • For urgent cargo sailing on the Laust Maersk, theywill offer an ad-hoc Change of Destination (COD) to Port Chalmers at no extra cost.  Request must be made to Maersk no later than 5pm on Friday 2 March.


  • Cargo will be accepted at Port Chalmers for the same vessel on the Southern Star service. Cargo receival cut-off 1200hrs 10 March.
  • Cargo already delivered to Lyttelton will be held until the next available vessel.
  • Following ex-cyclone Gita, Timaru port has suffered some silting in the channel which is greatly impacting the ability utilise Timaru as a contingency option for Lyttelton.

Our Customer Service team will be in contact with any customers affected by the strike and make associated contingency arrangements.