(Florham Park, NJ)…ILWU Canada has maintained its strike action in British Columbia. No progress has been reported by the negotiating parties. We continue to monitor the fluid situation with our supply chain partners and wanted to share the updates below.

For Canadian destined/origin cargo, the situation is complex, and the options remain limited due to the strike action. Maersk recommends that customers stand by as the situation on the ground develops, which will inform the next best steps. There are no plans to divert vessels. We are continuing to accept bookings on TP1 services into British Columbia ports.

For cargo destined to or originating from the U.S., Maersk recommends customers book via U.S. gateways where capacity is available for their shipping needs.

Customers should expect that as the work stoppage continues and cargo operations are delayed, there will be downstream congestion effects in the network that prolong recovery operations. We are actively sharing forecasts with the rail carriers to enable equipment availability and pre-positioning to expedite recovery operations.

Port Update

As of today, no vessels carrying Maersk cargo are scheduled for work until 9 July. The known schedule is listed below, but subject to revision daily.

Prince Rupert

  • MSC Abidjan voyage 323N ETA 9 July
  • MSC Utmost VIII voyage 324N ETA 12 July
  • San Francisca voyage 326N ETA 21 July


  • MSC Europe voyage 322N ETA 10July
  • MSC Abidjan voyage 323N ETA 15 July
  • MSC Utmost VIII voyage 324N ETA 20 July
  • San Francisca voyage 326N ETA 28 July

Fraser Surrey

  • Cap Jervis voyage 321N ETA 14 July
  • Seattle Express voyage 323N 27 July

Free time for containers on dock will be extended from July 1 until the strike ends. For containers already on demurrage, the clock will be stopped from July 1 until strike ends.

Rail Update

Both carriers advise customers to pick up imports from the ramps as soon as possible. Rail carriers have shared the guidance below.


CN removed all loaded and empty capacity to Western ports from inland terminals, including cancelling reservations already secured for western ports.


  • No Reefers for the Port of Vancouver are being accepted
  • Terminals are not loading up/departing Port of Vancouver traffic
  • The following terminals are closed to all empties and export loads:
             Detroit, Lachine, Vaughan, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, and Vancouver
  • Schiller Park, Bensenville, and Minneapolis are currently still operating and accepting as normal

Details regarding Canada empty return locations are available via our online matrix. For questions on empties, contact ca.empty.delivery@maersk.com.

Please be sure to check directly with your rail service providers for their latest updates.

Customers are advised to monitor the BCMEA Negotiations and ILWU Canada websites for the latest negotiation information.

We will continue to provide you updates as they become available.