Bilbao Port Strikes

Spanish port workers have issued an official strike notification which is planned to commence from 9th October 2020 through to 25th October 2020

This will impact on all services calling at the port of Bilbao.  The details of the strikes are as follows:

1) 9th, 13th, 19th and 20th October, two hours per shift as follows:

Morning shift: from 9am to 11am.
Afternoon shift: from 3pm to 5pm.
Night shift 1: from 9pm to 11pm.
Night shift 2: from 3am to 5am.

2) 10th , 11th , 14th , 15th , 16th , 17th , 18th , 21st , 22nd , 23rd , 24th  and 25th October: 24 hours affected between 8am on the designated day, and 8am the next day.

This is expected to cause congestion at the port and will likely have a detrimental effect on transit times, with vessels being unable to secure berthing slots due to the extended loading time required as a result of reduced working hours.

We have been advised that talks are continuing between the union and terminal operator and we remain optimistic that an agreement will be reached before the initiation of any strike action.

As always, we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum and will keep you fully informed should any of your shipments be directly affected.