The Federation of Greek Seamen (PNO) go on strike(s) effective from today 31 MAR 2014. According to their announcement dated SAT 29 MAR 2014, 48 hour strikes will be rolling over. Strike document (in Greek) is attached herewith for Greek customers. Itineraries of Greek F/B ships on services (1) between mainland and island Greece and (2) Greece and International routes (eg. Italy-Greece, Greece-Cyprus etc) are suspended.
Expected Impact of strike(s) in country international logistics as follows.
- International routes of containerships to/from Greek ports will not be affected as they are generally not served with Greek ships.
- Cargo movement from/to Greek islands is suspended during strike period(s). This will affect island bound FCL, LCL, FTL and LTL shipments.
- As route Italy-Greece is served by Greek ferries, passages of trucks from Italian to Greek ports are suspended, alternative route is via Balkans North of Greece. Several trucks may be blocked at Italian ports. Turnaround of trucks in European routes and scheduling will be disrupted. Delays are expected in passage and positioning of Greek trucks to Northern Europe.
- If prolonged, the strike may affect generally Greek exports and particularly those shipments to overseas markets linking up overland LTL to Northern European LCL consolidation hubs .