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Port of Lyttelton Strike Update (5 March)

The Rail and Maritime Union New Zealand (RMTU) has increased its strike period to twelve days from 8-19 March in a notice issued to the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC).

The LPC has challenged the validity of the strike notices issued and the case was heard in court on Sautruday 2 March and a decision on an interim injunction is expected by 6 March.
The Laust Maersk Voy 823N has an ETA into Lyttelton is 9 March.  Maersk have advised that they cannot delay their contingency arrangemnts until the decision is made and confirm that the vessel will omit Lyttelton with the following changes.
  • 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.

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