(Florham Park, NJ)…ILWU Canada has maintained its strike action in British Columbia. No progress has been reported by the negotiating parties. However, the BCMEA Negotiations website shared “Correspondence from the Minister of Labour” outlining a request by Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan on 11 July for the senior federal mediator to supply the terms of a recommended settlement in 24 hours. The Minister will in turn share the recommendations with both parties, giving them 24 hours “to review and communicate their willingness to recommend the terms for ratification to their respective members.”

This is a positive development with the potential to provide some clarity around how and when the situation may be resolved. Maersk recommends that customers stand by as the situation on the ground continues to develop. We are continuing to accept bookings on TP1 services into British Columbia ports. There are no plans to divert vessels on the water.

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.

Port Update

The known schedule is listed below, but subject to revision daily.

Prince Rupert

  • “MSC Abidjan“ voyage 323N ETA 13 July
  • “MSC Utmost VIII“ voyage 324N ETA 17 July
  • “San Francisca“ voyage 326N ETA 21 July


  • “MSC Europe“ voyage 322N ETA 15July
  • “MSC Abidjan“ voyage 323N ETA 20 July
  • “MSC Utmost“ VIII voyage 324N ETA 25 July
  • “San Francisca“ voyage 326N ETA 02 August

Fraser Surrey

  • “Cap Jervis“ voyage 321N ETA 22 July
  • “Seattle Express“ voyage 323N 27 July

Free time for containers on dock will be extended from 1 July until the strike ends. For containers already on demurrage, the clock will be stopped from 1 July 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:
    Calgary, Detroit, Edmonton, Lachine, Minneapolis, Regina, Vancouver, Vaughan, and Winnipeg
  • Schiller Park and Bensenville are currently still operating and accepting as normal

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

Details regarding Canada empty return locations are available in our Canada “Import” page, under the procedures tab. For questions on empties, contact ca.empty.delivery@maersk.com.

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.